Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bardem Cast As "The Dark Tower" Gunslinger

According to reports, actor Javier Bardem ("No Country For Old Men") has been cast as the character 'Roland Deschain' in the upcoming adaptation of author Stephen King’s "The Dark Tower" :

"...'Roland Deschain' is the last living member of a knightly order known as 'gunslingers'. His quest is to find the 'Dark Tower', a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes..."

In addition to a trilogy of feature films, Bardem will also star in a "Dark Tower" TV mini-series, planned to follow the first film.

Production on the first "Dark Tower" feature will start September 2011, followed by the first TV mini-series.

King's "The Dark Tower" book series, adapted by Marvel Comics in 2010, incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy, science fantasy, horror and western, describing the quest of the 'Gunslinger' toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical.

Inspired by the poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by author Robert Browning, whose full text was included in the final volume's appendix, King also credits "The Lord of the Rings", 'Arthurian' legends and director Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" as inspirations, with actor Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" character as one of the major influences for his protagonist, 'Roland Deschain'.

To date, more than 30 million copies of King's "The Dark Tower" book series have been sold in 40 countries.

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