Viggo Mortensen set to enter The Dark Tower?

December 24th, 2010

Viggo Mortensen is set to star in 'The Dark Tower'.

Director Ron Howard is to turn Stephen King's book into a three-part movie adaptation and is keen for the 'Lord of the Rings' actor to take on the lead role of Roland Deschain.

The 'Dark Tower' is a seven-volume fantasy epic involving parallel worlds, meta-textual references, evil supercomputers, Spaghetti Western tropes, unstoppable bad guys, and an unattainable target at the end of a long and arduous quest in the shape of the titular tower.

Although the movie adaptation is yet to be given the go ahead by Universal Studios, Howard recently revealed how he and his team and met with King to discuss the project.

He said: "We worked on it for a year before we even met with him. It was all about putting something together that was good enough and getting such an understanding of the material that Stephen King would say, 'Yes, that's the way into this story.' "

Other actors in line for Mortensen's role include Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm.