Roland Deschain is one of the most complex characters in literature. He is the protagonist in Stephen King’s Dark Tower, the author’s epic opus, what he in my opinion will be remembered for long after he is gone.
Ron Howard and company decided to attempt a live-action adaptation of the seven books, a bold move for any director including Academy Award winners. They are planning something never done before, a set of television series interwoven with silver screen movies. It is a daunting task, one Howard has been looking at for months trying to figure out if it can be done or not.
Apparently within a week, Ron Howard will announce who will be playing Roland. The actor to play him will need to have great acting ability as well as a “look” all Dark Tower fans have come to expect of the character.
Since Clint Eastwood is sadly too old to play Roland, it will have to be someone else. So my question is: Which actor should play Roland Deschain?
Daniel Craig. Hugh Laurie. Viggo Mortensen. Another actor? Or an unknown?
For me, Hugh Laurie is the frontrunner out of those listed. He proves himself weekly that he can be a bastard, and Roland is a bastard to his core, a man who is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to get to his Dark Tower and set right Mid-World. He is also over 6′2″, which the other actors are under 6′. I think Viggo Mortensen has the better voice though, gravelly, commanding and unyielding. Daniel Craig has the acting chops as well as the blue-stare.
Here is the poll:
So, who do you think should play Roland? Discuss! Would love to hear what you guys think. And we should know within the next seven days or so who will don the guns of Gilead.