If you ask us, Javier Bardem can do anything, so we're not the least bit surprised that Ron Howard has asked the Spanish, Oscar-winning actor to save civilization.
For months, it has been widely reported that Bardem was Howard’s first choice to play the lead role of Roland Deschain in the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of writer Stephen King’s western fantasy series, The Dark Tower. The New York Post is now reporting that Bardem has officially signed a major deal to star in the movie and TV adaptations of King’s successful seven-novel saga. The epic deal should keep Bardem busy for quite some time, as it requires him to star in three movies, plus a television miniseries that will air between each film.
A source tells Page Six: “Bardem has signed on to the first movie and the miniseries, but the intention is that he will star in all three movies and each of the TV series. It's an enormous deal for any actor," adds the source, "but Bardem was always the first choice."
The story follows Roland "Gunslinger" Deschain (Bardem) as he travels through an Old West-like landscape in search of the mythical Dark Tower to save civilization. The first movie is expected to go into production in September.
In March, the film’s producer Brian Grazer said that Bardem is committed to the role heart and soul. “He's locked in psychologically," Grazer said. "He really wants to do it, so we're absolutely rooting for him to do it."
This will be the first time that Bardem, who has starred in hit films like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and won an Oscar for his role in the Coen Brothers film, No Country for Old Men will sign on for a big budget blockbuster movie franchise.