The industry blog, Deadline, tells us that the No Country For Old Men villain Javier Bardem is close to finalising a deal to appear in an multi-media adaptation of Stephen King’s book series.
Bardem had previously been confirmed as considering for a role in the James Bond film. When news leaked he had yet to read the script.
Bardem, who just wrapped an untitled next feature for Terrence Malick, is also being to play a villain opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film that Sam Mendes is prepping. That film is moving forward again, after MGM emerged from bankruptcy. It’s expected to land at Sony Pictures for distribution.
The question on Bond fans’ lips, of course, is … has the Spaniard turned down the role? It is likely that he would have time for both, with Bond 23 slated for November 2012 and Dark Tower for May 2013.
About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)
The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.