Aaron Paul Says He Has Met with Ron Howard about Playing Eddie Dean in THE DARK TOWER

     January 21, 2014


A feature film adaptation of The Dark Tower has been in development for a long, long time.  A number of directors have tried to crack the Stephen King source material, including J.J. Abrams, but most recently Ron Howard has been barreling forward with an ambitious adaptation that would involve three feature films and a television element.  Howard initially developed the project at Universal before the studio passed over budget concerns, then Warner Bros. considered picking it up, only to subsequently back out.  When last we heard, Howard said he was still developing the project but he and producer Brian Grazer had agreed to no longer comment on the film’s progress or timetable.

This brings us to Sundance, naturally.  Aaron Paul has long been a fan-favorite to play the character of Eddie Dean in The Dark Tower, and while promoting his new film Hellion at the Sundance Film Festival, Paul revealed that he has indeed met with Howard to discuss the role.  Read on after the jump.

the-dark-tower-posterSpeaking with Ain’t It Cool News, Paul revealed that he’s met with Ron Howard about potentially playing Eddie Dean in an eventual The Dark Tower film:

“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 it.”

Though the actor admitted that he hasn’t read all of the Dark Tower books, he seemed pretty enthused about the prospect of joining Howard’s adaptation:

“I’m excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.”

It’s important to keep in mind that a general meeting is not the same thing as “offering Paul the role,” so as of right now Paul has no other connection to the project other than the fact that he has discussed the possibility with Howard on several occasions.  Howard recently wrapped Heart of the Sea and will next move into production on the Dan Brown adaptation Inferno, so he’s got his hands full for the next couple of years.  Given that Howard has gone on radio silence with regards to The Dark Tower it’s unknown if there’s any hope of this thing getting moving again anytime soon, but it’s exciting to think about Aaron Paul tackling a big franchise film.


  • FoonZeeS

    I wish this project would just die already.

    The Dark Tower is my all-time favorite story and there’s just no way someone can pull it off.

    The biggest problem would be the casting of Jake. If they’re doing three movies and a television element you’re looking at quite a large chunk of time, at the minimum six years. Is the actor not going to age during the span of production. It’s the exact same thing that happened with Walt on Lost. The kid hit a growth spurt and no longer looked the age he was supposed to be portraying.

    The other major hurdle, to me at least, is Oy. If they can’t make him 100% believable on screen it’ll ruin everything. Oy is just a big a part of the ka-tet as any of the human characters.

    As for the article, I’m a fan of Paul’s, but over the last handful of years I’m convinced that Ben Foster would be the perfect Eddie. Though he’s getting up there in age now as well.

    And by the time Opie finally gets around to actually giving a damn about The Tower Paul will be too old to play Eddie.

    • pinkincide

      Yep it needs to die. It’s a big, sprawling 4000 page mess of book series that King used as a big stew pot to try out ideas for over 30 years. Too much of what’s cool about it won’t translate. And then there’s that infamously disappointing ending they’d have to contend with. A lot of talented people would have to trade large chunks of their lives for a project that even hard core fans consider to have a disastrous finale.

      • John Wills

        you are an idiot.

    • John Wills

      so much better on the page.

      No film will ever do it justice.

    • BigJimSlade

      I don’t see a problem with Oy. Teddy in “A.I.” was perfect, we’ve had Gollum and other CGI characters since then, we’ll be seeing a talking racoon soon, too. Gotta make the whole production shoot within 3.5-4 years, alter the timeline and bit and the growth issue shouldn’t be a major problem.

      • FoonZeeS

        Very good point about Teddy and Gollum. I was gonna mention Rocket Raccoon but it slipped my mind when I posted.

        A lot of my fears I believe stem from the fact that I just flat out don’t trust that Opie and Goldman have it in them to make a faithful translation of The Tower. Opie has been slipping as a director for quite some time. I have yet to see Rush though, which I’ve heard good things about. And besides a few good writing projects Goldman just doesn’t seem to have the talent to bring Roland’s world to life.

  • jk

    If this actually happens, he’s a good choice for the part…

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  • anders

    Does he know how to make a dead baby float?

    • John Wills

      its why did the dead baby cross the road I believe.

  • Cog

    He is good Eddie..Now get Timothy Olyphant to play Roland..

    • FoonZeeS

      I’m fully behind this.

      Half the time while I watch Justified I think of it as Roland and The Man in Black’s Adventures in Kentucky.

    • piscx77

      perfect combo. kerry washington as susannah

    • BigJimSlade

      I’ll take Jon Hamm or Daniel Day Lewis.

  • The Flobbit

    Now just get Jim Caviezel or Richard Armitage as Roland! Then bring on Ron Howard and let’s get cooking!

  • The Flobbit

    Now just get Jim Caviezel or Richard Armitage as Roland! Then bring on Ron Howard and let’s get cooking!

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  • Landfill

    I’m glad there are a few people committed to bringing this to the big and small screen. I could see it working for the first book but I’m not sure about the rest. It would be cool if they grounded it as a western initially but started to add supernatural/fantasy elements along the way to slowly convince the nonbook reading audience of what’s in store.

    Also, the problem I have with the movies and television split is either way they start it depends on the first product. If ratings are low no studio will continue with 3 planned movies after. If the first movie tanks there may be life on television but to what cost? A short lived television show with a restricted budget and no channel willing to complete the story on screen.

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