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‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul in contention for major role in ‘The Dark Tower’

‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul in contention for major role in ‘The Dark Tower’
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Stephen King fans know that “The Dark Tower” series is considered the author’s greatest achievement. It’s no surprise that a movie deal has been in the works for years. According to Jan. 22 report on Screen Rant, the project has been held up by Ron Howard and his unusual vision for the project.

Rather than make a big budget movie trilogy out of it or an epic TV series, Howard and writer-producer Akiva Goldsman – both long attached to the project, want to make both. Universal and Warner Bros. have been resistant to the idea of a multi-platform undertaking.

Howard and producer Brian Grazer have begun meeting with potential cast members including “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul. Paul tweeted back in October 2012 that he would be interested in playing Eddie Dean in either a movie or TV adaptation of the books. Paul was recently interviewed while attending Sundance 2014 and he had this to say about “The Dark Towers” project:

“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].”

The Emmy-winning actor confirmed that Howard and company still intend to make a movie trilogy of the series with “a television element to it.”

Paul is a natural fit for the character of Eddie Dean an ex-heroin addict with a natural ability for gun slinging which is further shaped by the protagonist, Roland Deschain. His “Breaking Bad” character, Jesse Pinkman, also had drug problems. Paul has some personality traits in common with Eddie and has a commanding presence on the screen.

Factor in the star power of Paul with that of Russell Crowe who is the frontrunner for the role of Deschain and we might actually see this project get off the ground.

What do you think of the idea of Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean in “The Dark Tower? We’ll keep you posted on further developments as they become available.

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