Man, it sure would be nice to have some solid Dark Tower casting news to share with you guys instead of all the rumors and possibilities we’ve been given lately. In any event, here’s one more: “Pirates of the Caribbean beauty Naomie Harris is being considered for the female lead.”
This latest bit of “news” comes to us from the New York Post with no further attributions or information. The lead in question from Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, which is being adapted for both the big screen and TV by Ron Howard, is no doubt Susannah Dean, and MTV Movies Blog expands on the Post’s tidbit with the following: King has said before that he always envisioned Angela Bassett as an ideal actress for Susannah, but given Bassett’s current age, her casting doesn’t seem likely.
In the novels Susannah Dean is originally known as Odetta Holmes and Detta Walker, two wildly different women trapped within the same body. After suffering a serious brain trauma early in her life, Odetta’s damaged mind created the Detta personality, a cold-blooded and violent racist with intentions of killing both Roland and Eddie. Eventually Roland successfully fuses the legless woman’s two personalities into the solitary Susannah Dean, turning her into an invaluable member of his Ka-tet of gunslingers.
Sounds pretty challenging, no? But from what we’ve seen of Harris as Tia Dalma in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, we’d say she’s up for it. Tell us what you think below, and keep it here for hopefully something more solid soon!
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