I don’t really know who Tom Taylor is, but apparently he plays a young Uhtred in BBC’s The Last Kingdom, and according to IMDB he has been cast to play John “Jake” Chambers in the upcoming Dark Tower film.
I tend to be pretty opinionated on who I think should play certain characters in the film/tv versions of the Dark Tower series, but I haven’t had much opinion on Jake. I haven’t seen this kid act, but he looks like he might make a good Jake based on how I envisioned him in my head while reading.
Also, it looks like Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) has been cast as Tirana, but unless that is going to be a different role than in the books, it will be a tiny role near the end of the story (Tirana was one of the low women in the Dixie Pig in the 7th book)
With all of this talk about Idris Elba playing Roland, there has been a lot of good and bad things to say. I still think Javier Bardem is the best choice to date, but if you ask 100 different Dark Tower fans, you’ll probably get 100 different answers. Idris is a great actor, and as you can see in the picture here, could look like a badass in an old west/future/steampunk type of environment.
I think the problem with having Idris as Roland is more logistical than anything. There is way too much of the books revolving around Roland being white. The entire conflict between him and Detta is about him being white, then there is the Crimson King who calls Roland the white daddy, even the book covers show him as a white man. I mean that can be rewritten, or just left out of the movie/miniseries/whatever but it was a big part of the book.
From what I have read, based on assumed locations in the books, and Stephen King’s own remarks, Gilead is supposed to be in the Central/South America area, and the Deschain family is supposed to be more of a Latino descent, while not “white” necessarily, makes choices such as Javier Bardem make more sense.
Whatever they decide, and whoever they pick, I’ll still be watching that’s for sure, I’m not going to drop the whole thing over character choices.
it can be argued that The Dark Tower series is the best from decorated author Stephen King. Exploring multiple genres, the series was influenced by some of the best books of all time and went on to inspire others alike. It spawned a slew of tie-in books, a comic series and multiple attempts at television and film, including interest from Ron Howard, but those efforts never came to fruition.
“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].”
Here is the Tweet mentioning it:
“@ThomasStratman: @aaronpaul_8 if theres a Dark Tower movie you gotta promise me you’ll play eddie dean” Trust me. HUGE dream of mine.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 11, 2012
Media Rights Capital has committed to make a single movie with Russell Crowe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, with more movies coming if the first gets results. This isn’t set in stone, as Grazer tells me that he has just been approached by a Silicon Valley investor willing to finance Dark Tower as originally constructed, Now it’s a matter of deciding what path to take.
I’ve also heard rumours that filming may have already begun! Can’t wait to hear more!
And it’s out! In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement. Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past. In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us. King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers, an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland’s world and testimony to the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic.
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(Spoiler Warning) Roland Deschain may not live to leave the town of Tull! The last gunslinger has pursued the Man in Black to this isolated locale and now the townspeople, led by the deranged preacher Sylvia Pittson have risen as one to kill the interloper in their midst! It’s the final chapter in this stunning arc that traces Roland’s first, formative steps in his quest for the mysterious Dark Tower.
Jae Lee has signed on to illustrate Stephen’s next Dark Tower book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, which will be published as a limited edition by Donald M. Grant Publisher. Orders are not yet being taken and a final release date has not been established. For more details about this upcoming limited edition, please visit Donald M. Grant Publisher.
Javier Bardem has officially signed a deal to star in the movie and TV adaptations of the Dark Tower Series. The Oscar-winning actor will play Roland Deschain in the eagerly awaited Ron Howard and Brian Grazer adaptation of King’s beloved seven-novel saga. It’s a momentous deal because each of the three movies in the series is to be followed by a TV miniseries. A well-placed source confirmed to 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, but Bardem was always the first choice.” The story follows “Gunslinger” Deschain 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 with Howard directing.
Personally I always pictured Sam Elliot as Roland when reading the books.