Remember back in Fall 2012, when Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul tweeted he wanted to play Eddie Dean in the films based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series? Then remember when Quint at AICN interviewed Paul in 2014, and he said he had had “a ton of meetings” on it, and a sit down with then-director Ron Howard?
Well, as casting quickly comes together for the February 2017 Sony picture -- now to be directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) with production beginning in less than two months -- we’re learning from reliable sources close to the production that Aaron Paul has been cast in The Dark Tower.
“@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
Even though this information is coming from inside the production, and we can confirm this, this should still be taken with a grain of salt.
Plus, we did not receive confirmation on who Paul has been cast as. The obvious role would be Eddie Dean, a smartass heroin junkie, future gunslinger, and member of the Roland ka-tet. Not to typecast Paul, who played smartass meth junkie and cook Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad (a show of which Paul has said producer Ron Howard was a big fan), but it is hard to imagine the actor as anyone but Eddie. And considering the spot-on casting of Idris Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, Paul-as-Eddie is a perfect fit.
But Eddie doesn’t show up until the second Dark Tower book, The Drawing of the Three. So if he is in this movie, this would signify a break from the script by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner initially submitted to Howard back in the day. In that script, again as discussed by Quint at AICN, the existence of Eddie and another ka-mate Susannah (aka Detta, Odetta) are only hinted at via a tarot deck.
However, while Arcel and King have stated the Goldsman script was the basis for this film, King revealed to Entertainment Weekly that, “[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning.” Arcel added, “a lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.”
So, will this film be an amalgam of the first three books, The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, and The Wastelands?
We will have to wait and see, but if Paul is Eddie Dean, and it amounts to more than a reference to “The Prisoner” on a door or in a tarot deck, then we’re potentially looking at some significant diversions from the original King books.
But I remain excited, and this little tidbit of potential news makes me more so. I cannot think of a more suited actor to get into the “f---in zone” and talk the devil into setting himself on fire.
The Dark Tower will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and his Weed Road company; Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins of Imagine Entertainment; Jeff Pinkner as executive producer; and Stephen King.