The Universe is Toying with Us: Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean
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The Universe is Toying with Us: Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | January 22, 2014 | Comments ()

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So that Dark Tower adaptation of Ron Howard’s? The one that whip snaps Chinatown style between “it’s a movie series!”, “It’s a television series!”, “it’s a movie AND a television series!”? It’s still plowing forward, presumably picking up speed, and may yet eventually rumble into a station near you. Finding out that such a project had a release date would probably be the most excited I’ve gotten about a Hollywood thing since news of the Star Wars prequels broke back in 1996. You know, before George Lucas taught me to never trust and never love.

Come to think of it, you know how all of us 25-40 year old Internet writers have that cynical pose in which nothing pleases us and we see the dark cloud hovering above everything? It’s not a jaded generational stereotype. It’s that all of us simultaneously had our hopes and dreams carefully nurtured from childhood dick slapped out of our skulls by a right Jar-Jar rogering.

But Ron Howard, oh Ron Howard. You make us dream again.

And Aaron Paul just confirmed that he’s been meeting with Howard in order to play Eddie Dean. That’s like the lifetime achievement award of perfect casting right there, and I don’t mean in a typecasting way. Breaking Bad, for all its other merits, to me had the weird side benefit that every single time Aaron Paul walked on screen, he was Eddie Dean. The mannerisms, the faults, the attitude, the agony, the hidden strength. Jessie Pinkman was Eddie Dean, full stop.

You know what happens to Jessie after the finale of Breaking Bad? He walks through a doorway, onto a beach, and finds the face of his father.

Says Aaron Paul:

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, naturally], which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making it. 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.

Oh the universe is playing with us. It’s never actually going to give us this. It’s just going to tease and tease, and wait until we learn to hope again, and at that moment crush us anew.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Can we get Kerry Washington for Susannah? DO IT.

  • Hoooooooly freakin'g crap, I'd never thought about it and then saw it and BAM. THAT WOULD BE SO DAMN PERFECT. Argh! I can't take it! Can't take the inevitable disappointment!

  • aroorda

    What if Bryan Cranston was Roland? I mean this. Grizzled, violently weary? But can play himself in the younger flashbacks?

  • chrisahl

    Wow, this is pretty good. I bet he wouldn't with Paul on board - despite their friendship there would be too much baggage with having them paired up like this again - but oh to dream...

  • *pant*pant*pant*pant*pant*pant*pant*pant*pant*pant**pant*

  • axis2clusterB

    I just made noises that only dogs could hear.

  • I squealed with delight at this headline. Now, all I need is Viggo Mortensen on board as Roland. I used to want Clint Eastwood for that role, but now he's too old.

  • Wes Bentley.
    Read the books and then look at pictures of Wes Bentley. He carries an amazing young-Clint-Eastwood look; he's tall; he's dark and unsmiling.
    Yeah, it'd be left-field casting, but...Wes Fucking Bentley, that's who I want for Roland.

  • MissAmynae

    oooooh...intriguing choice... there is definite potential there, especially with his increased role in The Hunger Games trilogy.

  • stardust

    I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but....


  • Laura

    This I could get behind. But who to play Roland is the real kicker.

  • Indy Z

    Oh, man. This is too perfect an idea to ever actually happen. I can't believe I never made that connection on my own. You're right; the parallels between those two characters are incredibly strong.

    Okay, so if Paul is your Eddie, who's your Roland?

  • MissAmynae

    Viggo. Always been Viggo.

  • axis2clusterB

    Timothy Olyphant, of course.
    I like the Sean Bean idea, too.

  • Kim Stephens

    Olyphant was the Eddie in my head for years, but now he's too old. He'd be a great Roland now.

  • TotesMcGotes


  • My vote is for Viggo, too. He's got that look to him.

    Or Daniel Craig, with the ice-blue eyes of doom.

  • stardust

    Roland has always been Matthew McConaughey for me. I can't imagine anyone else in the role. I see Gary Oldman as Eldred Jonas.

  • To each his own/chacon a son gout and all that, but...McCONAGHEYHEY?! Really?!

  • stardust

    I'm totally serious! Have you seen Mud? He was fantastic in that. I always knew he had more in him than silly rom-coms. Plus, Roland takes his shirt off plenty so McConaughey can air out his chest as he so loves to do.

  • bastich

    You got my vote!

    ("We are ka-tet, we are one from many, alright alright alright....")

  • Three_nineteen

    I'm still thinking Mads Mikkelsen.

  • Jaime Birren

    Oh wow I never considered him, but those eyes... yeah I could definitely see that. Nice choice!!

  • stardust

    Ooooo, he could do it beautifully.

  • He'd be amazing.

  • dorquemada


  • Cheetahdriver

    Bale is 39, while Roland's age is never specified in the books, between the grey hair and fear of arthritis that is mentioned, I had him pegged as mid-50s through early 60s.

  • dorquemada

    Could be, I think he could pull it off. If not, Bardem. Mikkelson for #2.

  • Cheetahdriver

    Since The Clint got too old to do Roland every 10 years I change actors. Current favorite is an outlier, Sean Bean. Clooney could do it if you Botox'd his smirk into submission, but he probably couldn't talk then either...
    Another possible is Gary Oldman.

  • Laura

    I would boycott if they cast Clooney, but I could get behind the Sean Bean idea. He's properly grizzled.

  • Cheetahdriver

    His work on the Sharpe's series was what got me to thinking about it.

  • JJ

    Then they'll have no choice but to make Oy look like a badger.

  • JenVegas

    MAKE THIS HAPPEN, UNIVERSE! I'm counting on you!!

  • Frankc

    This is Ka.

  • Kala

    You're right. There is no reason whatsoever that I should allow myself to get excited about this. We have been teased over and over again and likely will be for the rest of our natural lives. But goddammit if a shudder of pleasure and wonder didn't course through me at the thought of Aaron Paul playing Eddie Dean.

  • WHO SHALL BE SUSANNAH? Would Zoe Saldana be too much to hope for? She is such a GREAT actress. Wouldn't we all love to see Zoe Saldana and Aaron Paul fall in love?

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