To say “Breaking Bad” was a great launching pad for Aaron Paul’s career is probably the understatement of the century. Now, the show may have landed him another amazing gig, according to Ain’t It Cool News.
AICN caught up with Paul at Sundance where he is promoting “Hellion” and when the possibility was raised, Paul was more than happy to divulge that he’s had “a lot of meetings” about taking the role of Eddie Dean in Ron Howard’s long-gestating, ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series of novels. Paul tells them, “I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show (‘Breaking Bad,’ naturally), which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making it.”
Paul also confirms the ambitious nature of the project, which had long been rumored to split the story up into films and a TV series, which would release/air in alternating years. “Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.” Eddie Dean is one of lead character Roland’s many companions on his fantastical journey, and first appears in the second book of King’s series, though if they’re already casting him, he may show up earlier on screen.
With “Breaking Bad” having just ended its five season run, Paul is gearing up for a big year on the big screen. He’s earning solid reviews for “Hellion” out of Sundance, and in March will headline his first blockbuster, video game adaptation “Need for Speed.” He’s also wrapped Nick Hornby adaptation “A Long Way Down” as well as Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus,” which comes out in December.