Javier Bardem has landed the lead role of Roland Deschain in Ron Howard's upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's book series, The Dark Tower.

The deal is said to contain solidifying Bardem for 3 movies in the series, which will be followed up by a TV miniseries. A well-placed source confirmed The New York Post,

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"Bardem has signed on to the first movie and the miniseries, but the intention is that he will star in all three movies and each of the TV series. It's an enormous deal for any actor, but Bardem was always the first choice."

The story follows "Gunslinger" Deschain as he travels through an Old West-like landscape in search of the mythical Dark Tower to save civilization.

The first movie is expected to go into production in September with Ron Howard directing and Brian Grazer producing.