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Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen Are 'Dark Tower' Frontrunners

December 31, 2010 (7:38 am) GMT
Bardem is said to be the top choice to portray Roland Deshain, up against the 'LOTR' star who has been linked to the role earlier.
Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen Are 'Dark Tower' Frontrunners

The race to land a spot in "" is getting tough. After several top-notch actors like , and were mentioned as the possible depicter of Roland Deshain, is now added on the shortlist.

New York Post says the "" star is the leading candidate while , who has been mentioned earlier along with Craig and Jackman, is reportedly the second choice. Director Ron Howard noted before that Mortensen has been fans' favorite to portray the gunslinger.

"The Dark Tower", based on Stephen King's novels, is planned to be made into three films with the TV series filling the gap between each movie. While some actors may think it will restrain their creativity, others may see it as an amazing opportunity.

There is still plenty of time for filmmakers to find the lead actor since the first film is planned to come out on May 17, 2013 in the U.S.

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