"Bardem's WME reps are putting the finishing touches on the deal, and they are close enough that Howard has begun meeting with other actors to cast the roles around Bardem. It's a complex deal, almost unprecedented, because it calls for Bardem to star in the feature film and the TV component," the Deadline reports. "His deal will also include options for two sequels (the TV program that runs between the second and third films will be a prequel). I'm told it will add up to a career-best payday for Bardem."
Filming begins in September under Ron Howard's watchful eye. Howard will also helm the TV installment of the series. What do you think of the casting choice? Other actors in the running included Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Viggo Mortensen.