Reports regarding Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation of The Dark Tower, Stephen King’s magnum opus that has yet to get the silver screen treatment, have directed heavy attention towards two possible leading men – Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. And unsurprisingly, Stephen King himself confirmed the inevitable casting earlier this morning. “It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. #DarkTowerMovie @McConaughey @IdrisElba,” he tweeted earlier this morning.
Matthew McConaughey’s involvement was heavily speculated at the end of last year, with the notion that Sony had given him his pick of roles. McConaughey will star as The Man in Black; the character made his first appearance in The Stand as Randall Flagg. Interestingly enough, McConaughey was approached to play Flagg for the upcoming reboot of The Stand as well. Idris will take the opposing side, starring as gunslinger Roland Deschain.
The Dark Tower has been in development for several years, leading many to believe it would be stuck in that layer of hell indefinitely. King himself expressed his surprise with EW when things started to come to fruition. “The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film,” he told them. “When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little shitty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now. I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised.”
The film adaptation went through a string of possible directors, including J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard, before Nikolaj Arcel stepped in. But with the wheels finally rolling, The Dark Tower could prove to be a lucrative franchise. King’s series is composed of eight parts, which would give McConaughey his first feature franchise and continue to prove that Elba’s star power cannot be ignored.
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