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Stephen King Confirms Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey For ‘The Dark Tower’

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Although their involvement in “The Dark Tower” pretty much had been taken as a given, Stephen King made it official this morning: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will star in the long-brewing adaptation of the author’s fantasy epic.

As previously reported, Elba will star as gunslinger Roland Deschain, while McConaughey will play the villainous sorcerer the Man in Black. They’ll be joined by “Mad Max: Fury Road” actress Abbey Lee as Tirana.

Director Nikolaj Arcel, who wrote the screenplay with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, told Entertainment Weekly production will begin in seven weeks  in South Africa.

Contrary to earlier reports, King said the film won’t adapt his 1982 novel “The Gunslinger” (the first novel in the “Dark Tower”) series, but rather “starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story.”

He added, “A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.”

The ambitious adaptation, 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.

Comments

  • Wedman

    I’m not interested of this movie, it’s not autentic. It’s more like counterfeit. It will suck like Dragonball: Evolution. Hollywood will change into bad…

  • Wedman

    I’m not interested of this movie, it’s not autentic. It’s more like counterfeit. It will suck like Dragonball: Evolution. Hollywood will change into bad…

  • Jonny_anonymous

    PleaseBeGoodPleaseBeGoodPleaeseBeGood

    The movies I am most nervous about being made are this and Sandman. If they don’t at least equal the books then I would rather they never made them at all.

  • Sboutsam!

    I’d like Johnny Depp or Josh Hartnett play the Gunslinger.They fit way better for the role.

  • endrewerac

    So, how well will a movie that casts a black man on Rolands role just to be Politically correct will do? I’ll not be watching it for sure. It’s actually sad, because Elba is a great actor and deserves better than being progressive propaganda.

  • endrewerac

    So, how well will a movie that casts a black man on Rolands role just to be Politically correct will do? I’ll not be watching it for sure. It’s actually sad, because Elba is a great actor and deserves better than being progressive propaganda.

  • demoncat_4

    given how long its taken to try and get this thing made. will believe it has at last happen when enough is filmed for a trailer.

  • demoncat_4

    given how long its taken to try and get this thing made. will believe it has at last happen when enough is filmed for a trailer.

  • Chris

    I hope this happens (although I’m a little concerned about some of the details). I’ve been wanting to see this for years. But it’s sort of like wanting a Spawn movie. I’ve been teased for years. I’ll believe it when I start seeing the official trailers.

  • http://vkattnyte.blogspot.com vk at nyte

    Ehh I guess I can see Elba as The Gunslinger…but why do I get the feeling that it’s the other way around..like someone fucked up the casting

  • Mike

    I can’t wait to hear Susannah call Idris Elba a “Honky Mahfah”!!! lmao

  • Mike

    I can’t wait to hear Susannah call Idris Elba a “Honky Mahfah”!!! lmao

  • Mike

    my bad, it would be Detta, not Susannah, but still…

  • Kelsey

    Because Roland is described as having blue eyes throughout the series….. I assumed McConaughey would be the gunslinger as well..

  • CogInTheWheel

    If a lot of it takes place in the modern world, wouldnt we mainly be following Eddie Dean? Sounds like it’ll start during the Drawing of the Three, but drop the 1964 and 1977 New York timelines.

    It could turn out good, but I’m getting the feeling this is another one of those Stephen King adaptations that just bastardizes the whole plot for a quick buck. Doesnt help that anything Nikolaj Arcel has directed/adapted/written is uninteresting to me.

  • eddie

    Not to mention the lack of the “itty nitty white candlestick”

  • eddie

    Not to mention the lack of the “itty nitty white candlestick”