Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Is Back On. Who Should Join Javier Bardem in the Adaptation?

Stephen King fans are celebrating the news that Warner Bros. is close to greenlighting a massive adaptation of The Dark Tower, the author’s seven-book, sci-fi/Western saga. 

We’ve heard this promise before. Universal once pieced together an unprecedented distribution deal for a Dark Tower adaptation, which involved three feature-length theatrical films and two season-long TV series to potentially cover all of the material in King’s breathtaking tomes. But the studio bailed, leaving most devotees of King’s stoic hero – gunslinger Roland Deschain – convinced that their beloved story never would make it to the big screen. 
Now Deadline reports that Warner has picked up Akiva Goldsman’s script for the first movie and has ordered him to give it a polish. According to the report, Ron Howard is still on board to direct the first movie, while Javier Bardem remains attached to the lead role. 
But who can fill Roland’s Ka-tet, the close-knit companions who accompany him on his quest to reach the elusive Dark Tower? If Warner is serious about getting this into production by the first quarter of 2013 (as reported), Howard’s going to need to begin casting … fast! 
Let’s help him. Here’s who we’d love to see joining Bardem as the key players in a Dark Tower adaptation. Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments section below.
Eddie Dean
Eddie’s a fast-talking junkie con man from New York City who is pulled into Roland’s world in King’s second novel, The Drawing of the Three. The polar opposite of Roland, Dean’s sarcasm and inability to rise to most challenges make him an unforgettable antihero. Years ago, this would have been Sam Rockwell’s role to lose. Now, though, I’d love to see Howard hand the multi-faceted role over to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who easily ranks as one of the strongest actors of this (or any) generation. And while I regrettably don’t watch Breaking Bad, that show’s fans are blowing up message boards saying co-star Aaron Paul’s an excellent choice, as well. 
Susannah Dean
Pulled by Roland from New York City circa 1964, Susannah offers any actress the rare opportunity to play a wheelchair-bound schizophrenic prone to violent outbursts when her dual personality, Odetta, takes over. Talk about a meaty dramatic challenge. I easily could see Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) breathing life into the feisty, compassionate Susannah. And if she passes, the role should go to the equally stunning Naomi Harris. 
Jake Chambers
The youngest member of Roland’s Ka-tet, and the greatest challenge facing whomever continues on with the Dark Tower series. Jake’s an 11-year-old recruited to Roland’s mission, and I’m not certain how you film for the amount of time Tower will need to without letting the actor cast as Jake to age. Just ask the producers of Lost how things worked out with Walt (Malcolm David Kelley). But Howard and crew can cross that particular bridge down the line. For now, they need a compelling Jake, and I can’t think of anyone better than Joel Courtney, who showed such impressive range carrying J.J. Abrams’ genre thriller Super 8 and is, hands down, the best choice to play Chambers on screen. 
What do you think of our casting ideas, and what are some of yours? Comment below and let us know.
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