Stephen King Talks About Who Should Star In The Dark Tower Movies?

With news that Stephen King’s enormously popular book series The Dark Tower will be coming to a big and small screen near you, Entertainment Weekly reached out to the bestselling author 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.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What about Ron Howard and NBC makes them a good fit for the franchise?

STEPHEN KING: 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.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In a perfect world, who would play Roland? Eddie? Susannah? Jake?

STEPHEN KING: 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.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: And who would you want to play?

STEPHEN KING: I’d love to be the voice of Blaine the Mono.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 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?

STEPHEN KING: 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! (Reprinted from

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2 thoughts on “Stephen King Talks About Who Should Star In The Dark Tower Movies?

  1. I remember a while back, it may have even been in an “Afterword” of one of the novels, or, “Danse Macabre”, S.K. mentions that he’d like to see The Who’s Roger Daltry as Roland. The rendering of Roland on the cover of the last novel (seen in the original announcement post below) looks a LOT like Henry Winkler. I hope Mr. Howard doesn’t decide to “go there”.

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