Not so fast, Christian Bale. Just hours after the Oscar-nominated co-star of The Fighter and current Batman actor first found his name on the short list for playing Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower comes word that Javier Bardem has been offered the role. Deadline reports on the potential casting, stressing that formal negotiations have not yet begun, but Bardem has nonetheless “officially been offered the lead role.” The Spanish actor’s name was first mentioned as a possible candidate some weeks ago, and now it appears that the role is his to accept or reject.
Even if Bardem isn’t my first pick for the part (Bale or the also rumored Viggo Mortensen are better fits in my mind), I’m definitely interested to see him in the gunslinger’s shoes… assuming he accepts the role, of course.
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