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Breaking Bad star says he’s been in talks for The Dark Tower role

January 21st, 2014 by Marc Comments

 Aintitcool‘s Quint caught up with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul at sundance and brought up Stephen King’s book series The Dark Tower, saying he imagined Aaron would be an awesome Eddie Dean – I couldn’t see it at first, but I’m warming to it – and, surprisingly, Paul revealed that Quint isn’t the only one to be thinking that way.

Talking about the seven – eight, if you include The Wind Through the Keyhole – book series and Eddie’s character, Aaron said: “I have not read them all. He shows up midway through the second book, right?”

Eddie Dean is a drug mule and user who winds up in Midworld, the desert world on the edge of reality, inhabited by Roland, the gunslinger, who is on a mission to save, well, everything. Eddie becomes a part of Roland’s Ka-tet, his group of gunslingers who fight for the side of good. It would be an amazing role…

“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), which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making it [The Dark Tower].”

Hold on, did Paul just confirm that, not only is he aware of the role, but he has spoken to Ron Howard, the man fighting to get the series up and running?! Yes, yes he did…

He goes on to talk about the plans to make the story an onscreen reality: “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.”

So, while there’s nothing concrete, we at least know that, while it’s not talked about much at the minute, plans are definitely in motion.

Long days and pleasant nights.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….