Stephen King exclusive: Who should star in 'The Dark Tower'? 'The Twilight cast, of course!'

Stephen-KingImage Credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty ImagesWith news that Stephen King’s enormously popular book series The Dark Tower will be coming to a big and small screen near you, we here at could not stop ourselves from reaching out to the bestselling author (and EW columnist) via email to get a few more answers about the highly-anticipated project. Here’s what he had to say:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The Dark Tower is such a dense series — did you always think it needed more than a single movie or TV show treatment?
STEPHEN KING: I always thought it would take more than a single movie, but I didn’t see this solution coming — i.e., several movies and TV series. It was Ron [Howard] and Akiva [Goldsman]’s idea. Once it was raised, I thought at once it was the solution.

What about Ron Howard and NBC makes them a good fit for the franchise?
When working as a director, Ron is very similar to the way I work as a writer. We both tell honest stories that have (I flatter myself) style and substance but not a lot of show-offy frills.

In a perfect world, who would play Roland? Eddie? Susannah? Jake?
The Twilight cast, of course! Just kidding. I haven’t got as far as casting in my thoughts, but when I write about Susannah Dean, I always kind of see Angela Bassett in my mind’s eye. Mostly I just want good people in those parts. Ron Howard will find them, I’m sure.

And who would you want to play?
I’d love to be the voice of Blaine the Mono.

There’s a lot of blood in the series — how much is the TV series going to be censored? It likely would have been easier to join forces with a network without restrictions, à la HBO, no?
I don’t see that as a problem at all! We’ll have just enough latitude to make a great series. I’ve worked in network TV before, and every time I was squeezed a little, it just made me look for creative solutions. Besides, I always like to play in the biggest auditorium available!

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  • Lori Adams

    I’m in the midst of reading the series now and am I thrilled that it may have a screen treatment in the near future? Just a little!

    • Zeddicus Zul’ Zorander

      I think it is very clear who should be in the cast

      Bridget Regan
      Craig Horner
      Brandon Routh
      Joshua Jackson
      Clive Owen

      • nada nada enchalada

        I think you’re a bit biased. But would love to see Bridget Regan and Craig Horner.

      • Rdub

        This cast will have to be lower tiered actors to be committed to a TV series and movies. This concept will take a long time to complete and NBC couldn’t pay Viggo that many millions for so many years.

      • Mary

        The only one on that list that would actually Look like and act like His Charecter would be: C

      • Mary

        I say no ! I know The DarkTower Books and none of you even fit the Charecters.

      • TowerJunkie

        Roland (as adult) – my short list
        Christain Bale
        Josh Brolin
        Brad Pitt
        Viggo Mortensen
        Hugh Jackson

    • teheee

      Sam Elliot as Roland. Is there anyone that would be better? No.

      • Mary

        We don’t want another mishap like the “Harry Potter” series and have the main chacter die before the last movie. But, yes I do agree.

      • Sherwin

        Sam Elliot is Roland

        Edward Norton is Eddie

        Kimberly Elise is Susannah

        Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jake

    • cistar

      Michael Fassbender as Roland, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Eddie, Zoe Saldana as Susannah, for bad guys, Javier Bardem as Randall Flagg, Tom Wlaschiha-game of thrones assasin as the man in black (1st book, the sorcerer)

  • Carly

    Roland= Gary Sinise!!!

    • tracy bluth

      He was perfect as Stu in The Stand.

      • silverrose

        tottaly agree about the stand.however, i can see clint eastwood as roland, and please, lets keep everyone from twilite as far from the bea mas possable.

      • amanda

        yesyesyesyes! Please rescue GS from that CSI:NY hot mess.

      • DTKev

        Eastwood’s just a tad too long in the tooth for this role, but someone in their 50s or so and craggy like that would be perfect. I hate to say it because I’m not a big fan, but Mickey Rourke might fit the bill.

      • drayche

        I think David Keith as Roland but Sinise is a good idea too.

      • MK

        Just as long as it’s NOT Russel Crowe!

      • shelly

        The Stand was awful! (movie adaptation, of course) It made Gary Sinise, an actor i really like, bad! Saying he was perfect as Stu in the Stand doesn’t do anything for me thinking he should be in Dark Tower! Viggo Mortensen, as suggested on some of the other pages about this, is perfect – maybe too good looking, but I think he’d be fabulous. Pony up the money for Viggo, NBC, cuz he’s it!

    • Brian

      I always pictured David Carradine. Too bad.

      • Heather

        How about his brother Keith?

      • Corpsegoddess

        YES! Keith Carradine would be perfect. He was a wonderful Wild Bill in Deadwood.

      • angeler

        Keith Carradine would work! Sort of world-weary, long, lean- yep, that’s Roland.

      • Mary

        ?? David Keith ?? Roland is a white man, He wouldn’t work ???

    • Krystle

      he’s the best suggestion i’ve heard so far

      • Marianne


    • jessica

      I agree – Gary Sinise would be prefect!!!!!

      • Sinise?

        Often Roland is described as “long, tall, and ugly (by Eddie). Gary Sinise is small, short and ugly. You’ve got to at least get two out of three.

    • max

      Gary Sinise!? Gary Sinise!? As what? the slow mutants. Just a bunch of multiple Gary sinises!! hahaa

    • Dani yo

      yeah, u know i think Gary Sinise would be perfect. but i would like a lower voice. like Frank Muller who did the first few audio books. his voice was perfect.

      • Mary

        You do know why he didn’t do all of the Audio Books don’t, Boy you are behind the times. The reason he did do all of them was because he Died after the third audio book.

    • Mary

      No way !!! Not Old Enough , Not Skinny enough, Roland is a Gun Slinger.Not Tall enough either.

      • Chris M

        Actually the reason Frank Muller didn’t do any more audio books was because he was in a very bad motorcycle accident in 2001. He didn’t die until almost 7 years later, but he wasn’t able to work during that time frame.

    • teresa grover

      gary sinese–please he is the best.

  • Steve

    Wow. this is eerie. I just started reading the first volume of the Dark Tower series (the Gunslinger) this morning. Very curious to see how this whole movie/tv series works out. Would rather see it on HBO but im sure Ron Howard has a plan and hopefully this all works out. Do we have any idea when this thing might start going into production?

  • Ceballos

    Mel Gibson for Roland!

    • Krystle

      please no

    • To “Ceballos”

      Why are you still here? You realize everyone hates your guts, don’t you?

      • Ayn

        Nope… not everyone. I like my conversations with Ceballos. No need for anomosity. We can all have and share different opinions without being nasty or disrespectful. :)

      • Mole

        You realize there was a fake one for a while that just wrote a bunch of troll crap, right? The real Ceballos is clever and funny. See above.

      • To Ayn

        You’re right, Ayn – the real Ceballos is bright and a pleasure to converse with. Then this imposter came along writing idiotic garabge under Ceballos’ name. As a result, the real Ceballos seems to have abandoned the EW board (hopefully, just temporarily), making this site a little less enjoyable.

    • Jan

      Mel Gibson is not worthy of playing any part in any movie or TV show. Especially Stephen King.

    • twmmy

      Please NO!

    • Mary

      Not Mel For Roland , He would make a Curious Eddie dean though !!! ^-^

      • chewyice

        Maybe MEL should be Walter!

  • Jackie

    Roland = Viggo Mortenson
    Eddie = Casey Affleck
    Susanna = Angela Bassett
    Jake = Colin Ford (kid who plays young Sam on the flashback episodes of “Supernatural”)

    Would LOVE to hear Stephen King voice Blaine the Mono! :)

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      Oooh I LOVE the idea of Viggo as Roland!

    • magevelia

      Casey Affleck! That’s amazing, I hadn’t thought of that. For Susanna, I’d have to echo the Gina Torres crowd. She’s the young, gorgeous, complicated lady for me.

      • Kathy B

        I immediately thought of Gina Torres.

      • KarlHall

        GINA TORRES! Yessss! It’s been so long since she had a good role.

      • ernst2k

        Casey Affleck is too old to play Eddie. Eddie is 21 when we first meet him in Drawing of the Three.

      • Carly

        KarlHall- Love the Gina Torres idea. my husband and I were just discussing her as a fun option!!!

      • angeler

        Gina Torres, brilliant!! I love her to death. Then have Alan Tudyk play Eddie since those two have excellent chemistry together. ;)

    • RB

      Viggo and Casey are both *perfect*. You have great taste. :)

    • ho5000

      If Stephen King is the voice of Blaine, who gets to play Stephen King? With any luck, the production will end before the last few books so we won’t have to worry about that…

      • PhaseJump

        Joe Hill could pull it off. He’s a clone of his old man.

    • Coco

      Angela Bassett is too old. Viggo would be a PERFECT Roland! Somebody get on that…

    • BenHur

      Jakie, u r right on the money with all of ur picks… i actually posted way later on that it should be viggo before i ever saw your pics. So i gotta give you credit….
      however, i think aaron paul (jesse from breaking bad) would also be a good eddie… But casey would be money as well.

      • Kina

        Aaron Paul is a great suggestion. At least we know he could play the addict. Maybe he should play Eddie’s brother instead.

    • Solita

      Love it.

    • Jinni

      Viggo IS Roland!!! He has to be!

    • Mary

      To me this is the ” Perfect” cast for the Dark tower movies ^-^
      The Dark Tower
      1. Roland: Viggo Mortensen
      2. Susanne: Rutina Wesdtley
      3. Eddie: Peter Petrelli
      4.Jake:Uriah Shelton /or Trye Sivan
      5.oy: George Guidall
      6. Walter: Gabriel Byrne
      7. Crimson King: Kellan Lutz
      8. Blaine the Mono: Steven King
      Would really like to hear everyones feed back on this list???

  • Steve

    Wow! this is eerie. I just started reading the first volume of the Dark Tower (the gunslinger) this morning. Plan on reading all the books and im thrilled this acctually has a good chance of happening. Hopefully Howard knows what he’s and the series/movie is bada**

  • lta

    Anybody but Tom Hanks for Roland!

    • John C


    • Mary

      Tom Hanks ???? Playing Roland No way !!

  • Sia

    He’s too cocky. Can’t stand him!

    • Jan

      Tom Hanks cocky? How ridiculous!

  • silverrose

    Clint Eastwood for Roland.
    No one from Twilite should be allowed within miles of the Beam.

    • Mary

      Good choice but to well known. Best one I heard so far is Viggo. But still looking for a no one from an old western I’m thinking that would be better, Viggo is a little young still.But, if they age him a little bit yeah, he would be good.But, who would play the younger Roland ?

  • Nate

    You know Clint Howard is going to be in this – maybe as Oy?

    • drayche

      lol awesome, I do hope they don’t overdo Oy with CGI

    • Greg

      Clint Howard IS the adult Sheemie!

  • silverrose

    Clint Eastwood for Roland.

  • silverrose

    clint eastwood for roland

    no one from twilite should be allowed within miles of the beam!!

    4th try at posting this.

    • Mary

      silverrose, your post made it this time !!!No I known everyone likes Clint Eastwood But I believe a co – Star from one of his movies would do better.

  • tracy bluth

    Here’s the thing- in The Stand they cast an unfamous actress as Lucy, and she embodied her perfectly (Lucy and Larry were my favorite characters in The Stand, and I thought both actors were perfect for the roles).

    • tracy bluth

      I meant to add that casting Rob Lowe as Nick originally made me roll my eyes, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good he was. So my point is that it doesn’t matter if they are famous or not, as long as they can give justice to King’s great characters.

    • Heather

      If possible, they should use the same actors (one in particular) that appear in both books. I’m looking at you RF!!

      • tracy bluth

        ooh, good idea. hopefully jamey sheridan is up for it!!!!!!!

      • shreemail

        Jamey Sheridan killed it as Flagg. He was handpicked by King, if I remember correctly. He was awesome.

        Angela Bassett = brilliant. Just let Steve cast the movie! He should have final veto power!

      • naynay

        Oh, no, please, I hated Sheridan as Randall Flagg.

  • Horror Movie Buff

    I’ve not read this series yet, but am very excited about the movies/shoes. Just got done reading ‘Under the Dome’ and I can’t WAIT till they turn that into a miniseries:)

    • Kina

      Maybe you should consider seeing the movies first. I’m always disappointed when I see a book adaptation.

      • Mary

        Me too, I got smart with the Harry Potter moves; I didn’t read the last book so I have no idea about the Ending,
        AND DON’T GIVE IT AWAY !!!!

  • devilsidkick

    all I can say is I hope its better than the stand. they’ve made some real stinkers out of kings books like “the langoliers” or how ever you spell it.

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