I was wondering about Bardem's voice too, he can obviously do different accents very well, but I was just wondering what High Speech is going to sound like. It's going to be a great trip!
I think being less known than Jackman and Mortenson played into this...I can't imagine those guys doing the whole television thing at this stage of their careers.
That is something I have been wondering about- the script writers ,Ron Howard and the actors to be named ----- have they/ will they read the books? Will they also listen to the audiobooks? I've taken the journey via books many times, and must admit now listening to the audio has struck a new cord with me. High Speech is awesome when spoken, John.
Bardem wouldn't be bad, i've seen several of his movies and think he could pull it off. That being said i would of rather had Viggo or Bale. Never even thought about Bale actually till i saw that on the net but he actually would be really good as Roland imo, he's VERY method and could do a nice job. As for Billy Bob...he'd be a good Sheb lol, i'd love to see Ed Norton or Cillian Murphy as Eddie Dean though!
Visually, Bardem isn't my first choice. I've travelled with these characters for so long that I have a certain image for each of them. And Roland is a tall, gangly blue-eyed, scruffy, dirty, caucasian...in my mind. However, I have no problem with his casting (if he was indeed cast). He's a terrific actor and I know he can pull off Roland's stoicism. Hell, he did as much in No Country...and nabbed on Oscar. So i look forward to his performance.
Now that it's confirmed Carpenter was a rumor for Susannah.....was Bale a rumor too being as it was in the same article? I know I'm digging lol, but he's one of my fav actors so i had to put it out there. Also wondering if any of the leads for Roland have actually read the source material or are fans of King in general. I tried to google it a bit but really got nothing.
On a side note as a huge lost fan (and i know Mr. King is) would be nice to see Matthew Fox a part somewhere in the movies/series. Always thought he was an excellent actor going back to his Party of Five days. Anyone who watched Lost knows he's a man that can & will do whatever it takes to get the job done, no matter who or what's in the way....sound like anyone else we know lol?
I don't have a list of the potential cast choices so can neither confirm nor deny whether Christian Bale was ever in the running for the part. I also don't have inside information as to whether any of the actors have read the series or are fans of Stephen's work. I don't think it was a factor in who has been considered, though. But it hasn't ever been a factor in any of the other productions that have been done over the years that I'm aware of either.