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“Mad Max: Fury Road” actress Abbey Lee is in talks for the female lead role in the long-brewing adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower.”
According to Deadline, she’d star as Tirana opposite Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the villainous Man in Black in the film from Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, the film will be based on the first novel in King’s fantasy series, “The Gunslinger.”
The ambitious project, which calls for a movie trilogy and interlocking television miniseries, was abandoned in 2011 by NBC Universal following delays over the budget, only to be shopped around for years by producer Imagine Entertainment as it sought new financing and a new home. Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital finally stepped up in April, announcing this first film, which is set for release on Jan. 13, 2017.
Sony will distribute the film. Media Rights Capital will also develop the TV series.