‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Approached for ‘The Dark Tower’

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The Dark Tower book series is considered Stephen King’s fantasy magnum opus, so it’s no wonder that a film adaptation has been on the table for years now. Problem is, Oscar-winner Ron Howard (long attached to direct and/or produce the project) hasn’t been content to adapt King’s literature into either a Game of Thrones-style epic TV series or a big-budget movie trilogy; he and writer/producer Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale) have wanted to make both, which explains why both Universal and Warner Bros. have balked at the proposed multi-platform endeavor in the past.

Despite issues getting the necessary funding for the proposed Dark Tower cross-platform venture, Howard and producer Brian Grazer have always maintained that the project was never been dead in the water - just (much) slower than expected to make its way down the pipeline into production. In the meantime, it would appear that the filmmakers have been meeting with potential cast members, including one rising star who threw his hat in the ring a while back.

AICN caught up Aaron Paul at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where the actor is promoting his new film Hellion by writer/director Kat Candler, having previously visited the Utah-held festival in 2012 to promote the alcoholism drama Smashed (which he co-headlined). The site’s contributor “Quint” eventually turned his conversation with Paul to Dark Tower, in part because the actor has previously revealed on Twitter – back in Fall 2012 – that he’d like to play the character Eddie Dean in the movie/TV adaptation.

Well, fans aren’t the only ones who like the idea, according to Paul:

“I’ve had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show (Breaking Bad, naturally), which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making [The Dark Tower].”

Paul also re-iterated that Howard and Co.’s plan remains to make a Dark Tower movie trilogy that has “a television element to it,” as was originally proposed. One possibility (and this is pure speculation) is that the TV “element” might be a spinoff series revolving around side characters who’re tangentially related to the main Dark Tower narrative; in other words, a show that is to the trilogy what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is to the Marvel Studios’ film universe, story-wise.

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Eddie Dean in Dark Tower, for those unfamiliar, is an ex-heroin addict whose raw talent for gunslinging is shaped by protagonist Roland Deschain – a grizzled warrior and last in the line of gunslingers, who’s on a quest to locate the fabled Dark Tower. Drug problems aren’t the only thing that Eddie shares in common with Paul’s Breaking Bad onscreen persona, Jesse Pinkman; the pair also have troubled pasts and share certain personality traits in common, which is why Paul has long been viewed as a natural fit for the Dean character.

Typecasting concerns aside, Paul reads as a smart choice for reasons that go beyond his compelling screen presence; he’s also looking to further breakout bad (sorry, could resist) in Hollywood soon, with his leading role in the Need for Speed movie this March and supporting turn in Ridley Scott’s Exodus later this year.

Combined, Paul’s current star wattage with that of proposed headliner Russell Crowe as Roland Deschain may not be enough to get Dark Tower green-lit right off the bat, but it would at least help to move the project another step forward. Moreover, with Hollywood’s newfound love affair with building shared universes – whether they are home to superheroes, old-fashioned monsters or citizens of a galaxy far, far away – in full bloom, it seems “now” might be Dark Tower‘s time at last.

Do you like the idea of Aaron Paul playing Eddie Dean in The Dark Tower? What are your thoughts and feelings about the multi-platform approach in general? Let us know what you think in the comments section!


We’ll keep you updated on The Dark Tower‘s status as more information is made available.

Source: AICN

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  1. I’ve not read the Dark Tower stuff, but this whole idea sounds great. Maybe in the past it was not a realistic plan, but as noted with regards to what Marvel Studios is doing, the multi-platform approach feels very timely. If done well and marketed competently, money waiting to be made. Russel Crowe and Aaron Paul? Yes, please.

  2. From what I’ve read about The Dark Tower an the character, Roland Deschain, I’m wondering why I have seen anything about Carl Urban being considered for the role. I haven’t read the books, but I have read about the story and the character and to me it seems like a natural fit.

    • *My apologies for the typos.

    • good call, Urban would be a good idea for the role. or Tim Olyphaunt, Tom Jane, or Mortensen.

      • Tim Olyphaunt would be awesome, great call! Thomas Jane too. I think Crowe is a little too old and tired for the part. He’s not gaunt and grizzled enough. After his disappointing performance in Les Mis (singing aside), I just can’t see him as Roland.

        • Crowe doesn’t fit the part at all. Olyphant would be great or any other lanky actor.

        • Olyphant and only Olyphant will do. Right age, right personality, right, right, right.

    • Having read the books, I think the reason Urban has not been approached is that he is too young. In the books, Roland’s character is implied to be an old gunslinger, the last of his kind. I myself imagined he would have been somewhere in his 50s or 60s. Having said that, it is unfortunate that this series has taken so long to be developed for visual media, because when I read the Dark Tower series (well, what of it there was so far) as a teenager, my image of Roland was always likened to Clint Eastwood the way he was in “Unforgiven.” Now, with Eastwood well into his 80s, I think the next best choice would be Kevin Costner. While Costner is not quite as good an actor as Clint Eastwood, he would be the right age for the part, and has been proven to hold the big, gritty western-style presence a role such as Roland Deschain requires (see his work in Open Range, Wyatt Earp and more recently the tv series Hatfields & McCoys).

      • King himself has stated that Roland was very much influenced by Clint Eastwood…

      • In the beginning I don’t see him in his 50-60′s. Especially in the scenes from the town. Maybe early 40′s. He becomes worn out chasing the Man in Black over time. And no, no no on Costner. wow!!!! He’s terrible and possibly a worse choice than Crowe. Also, need someone tall or at least looks tall.

        • Here’s the weird thing on Costner:

          Roland is described as a man that has no real sense of humor, the kind of guy that straightens paintings in hotels, and comes off pretty reserved.

          From everything I have ever seen Costner in (he plays the same guy in almost every movie), he fits Roland to a tee.

          It actually kind of fits if you think about it.

        • Viggo Mortensen!!

    • I haven’t thought of carl urban in the roland role, but I do like the idea. my personal faves would be either timothy olyphant or sam Worthington.

  3. At first I thought Ron Howard him wanted to play Roland, confused me for a second there. Aaron would make a perfect Eddie. I hope the movie gets made, been stuck in development for awhile now.

  4. Aaron Paul as Eddie? Perfect. Russell Crowe as Roland? Not so sure. Isn’t how I would have pictured him but could work.

  5. I see Hugh Jackman as Roland, but that’s just me.

  6. I think Aaron Paul has a shot at Eddie. As for who plays Roland, don’t know yet.

  7. Anson Mount for Roland, can portray both the toughness/ruthless quality that Roland has and also the vulnerability. (Plus the Blue Bombardiers eyes) I think Russel Crow is a great actor but I just don’t think it would be the best fit at all.
    Aaron Paul is the perfect choice for Eddie, if this happens it would be amazing, to my mind it’s rare for a casting choice to be so spot on.
    I can’t help feeling a TV series is the way to go, at the moment it feels like a second golden age of TV, a lot of talent all round and real budgets in place, I think a series of films would rush the story/cut too much out.

    • Yes, I agree with you on all account, especially casting Anson Mount as Roland.

      • Nope, he’s much too good-looking and also either too young or too old, depending on the era depicted.

  8. I have read all of the Dark Tower books and frankly if the put Russell Crowe in as Roland I wont’ watch it. I don’t know the actor they are looking at for Eddie, sorry never seen Breaking Bad but I had always seen someone like Jensen Ackles from Supernatural for Eddie. Frankly the only one that could ever play Roland is Clint Eastwood and he’s just too old. I’m interested in seeing what they could do as a movie trilogy but I think the whole thing would go over really well as a tv show like Game of Thrones.
    P.S. If they need someone to play Martin they should look at Christopher Walkin.

    • Watch Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul is PERFECT for Eddie, more so than Jesen Ackles.

    • I see Ackles as Roland… He may not be that tall but he has the look down pat and the ability to act the part

  9. I still will not believe this is happening until I see a full theatrical trailer… that being said, I think he could make a solid Eddie Dean.

  10. Paul is a PERFECT Eddie.
    Crowe… eh. He’s serviceable, but whatever happened to Javier Bardem? Now THAT would be something.

  11. So glad to see that the there is still life in the Dark Tower. I loved the books, except perhaps how Stephen King ended the series (or did it actually end???). The last gunslinger is currently portraying a US Marshall in Kentucky. Timothy Olyphant IS Roland Deschain! I don’t care in what format…I just want to see this get made.

  12. Paul for Eddie? Good. Roland? I want a tall bad*&$ motherF.

  13. Aaron Paul would be great for Eddie! Russell Crowe as Roland?!!!?!?!?? Really?!?! No way! I think Daniel Craig would be awesome as Roland. Zoe Saldana as Detta.

  14. This would be spot on casting. He would make a great Eddie Dean.
    Russel Crowe as Roland not as much. I don’t think he would necessarily be bad for it, I would prefer Anson mount or Viggo Mortensen.

  15. He would be great as Eddie. I was excited about Bardem as Roland. Too bad. Fassbender could be an interesting Roland. He showed he could have a dark side but still be charming as Magneto. Rosario Dawson is the perfect Detta/Susannah. I don’t think Zoe Saladana has the darkness to nail her creepy parts.

  16. Hugh Jackman as Roland
    Ty Simpkins as Jake
    Aaron Paul as Eddie
    Danai Gurira as Susannah

    • Never thought of Danai until you posted that, and it made the hairs on my neck stand up. that would be the PERFECT Susannah.

  17. I have been waiting for the dark tower movies for so long. I love the idea. I have more trouble with Russell crow. But as long as it is made. Sheesh

  18. Aaron Paul-YES! That’s awesome.
    Jim Caveziel for Roland.

  19. I followed King’s Dark Tower series over the decades it took him to write the damn thing & when I finally reached that clearing at the end of the trail with his 7th & final installment, it was a pay off that might as well have ended with a swift kick to the nuts. Man, talk about ‘phoning’ it in.
    Simply referring to the shoddy conclusion as a ‘disappointment’ would be like saying Ewok’s weren’t so bad (despite the smoke King blew out of his a$$ trying to justify it), so the notion then of this series being adapted to the big screen proving to be a good idea is very much in doubt.
    Thankee sai, but no thankee. One f*cking was enough.

    • hahahahaha The ending was terrible. I’d like to watch all of them until the last one just because of that.

  20. The films should focus on the actual quest for the Dark Tower. The TV show should focus on Roland’s youth and his first ka-tet.

  21. Hopefully this will not be dumbed down and major parts rewritten like they did with Under the Dome for TV. After watching the first episode of that series I was enraged with what King allowed them to do to it. A masterpiece of a book was turned into s***.

    • Perfectly agree that The Dome was ruined!

  22. Hell Yeah!

  23. From the first time I read the books, I told my friend, “I see Roland as a rugged Timothy Olyphant and Eddie as that kid from ‘Breaking Bad’.” At the time, Breaking Bad was in it’s first season so I really didn’t know Aaron Paul by name. It’s pretty cool to see that people see the same vision. The great thing about books is you can picture the characters as you please, this was my vision.

  24. Yes. All of my yes. Aaron Paul is PERFECT for the role of Eddie.

  25. Thats frakking great!!! My nephew and i was talking about how perfect a fit aaron paul was for eddie a couple years ago. Ka is a wheel indeed.

  26. This guy is TOTALLY Roland!!

  27. Clint Eastwood = Cort.

    • If he’s too old to play Roland, don’t you think he might also be too old for this very physical part?

  28. My vote for Roland goes to Nathan Fillion.. :D

  29. I love the aaron paul aspect to eddie but not happy with the russel crowe lead as roland. I can see sam Worthington more in that role than russel.

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