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'The Dark Tower' Gets Russell Crowe To Star As Lone Gunslinger?

It’s been a long time coming for the first installment of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. After suffering a myriad of setbacks, it was uncertain if the ambitious three part series would ever get off the ground. Fortunately, Warner Bro. is going to breath new life into the project. The studio has ordered a new script from Akiva Goldsman and said they will make a decision within two weeks about moving forward with The Dark Tower movie.

Javier Bardem, who was originally signed on as the lead role Roland Deschain, is no longer attached.  Director Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer have been courting Russell Crowe as a replacement. No deal has been offered to Crowe, but the idea may be intended to grease the wheels for this highly ambitious and expensive project.

The Dark Tower is about a lone gunslinger that has become the last hope to save civilization as he begins his journey to find The Dark Tower. Along the way he encounters a bunch of characters, good and bad.  The backdrop of the film has the feel of an old western flick.

If Howard and Grazer manage to get Crowe, it would certainly help convince the studio to green light The Dark Tower. Crowe has some upcoming  high profile roles, including the re-launch of the Superman franchise as The Man of Steel’s father Jor-El and the title role in Aronofsky’s Noah.

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