Javier Bardem is interested in a role in The Dark Tower, director Ron Howard has revealed.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who is planning to adapt the Stephen King sci-fi novels for the big screen, also said production had to be put back.
"I can't really say who'll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We'll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid," he told Entertainment Weekly.
He added: "We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward. We're thinking of starting in early spring now."
Once the film is released, Ron plans to follow this up with a TV miniseries, starring the same actors as in the movie.
"There are elements of the Dark Tower saga that are more personal and can be best dealt with on television. TV allows you to roll out details of the characters in a more methodical way," continued the director.
Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, featuring seven books and an upcoming eighth one, is about a roaming alternate-universe cowboy named Gunslinger as he embarks on a quest towards a tower.