Rumors are emerging that the long awaited live-action adaptation of Stephen King's horror-fantasy, The Dark Tower, could have its first big named star attached to the project.
According to The Wrap, Matthew McConaughey is apparently in talks to play one of either two roles in the Ron Howard produced and Nikolaj Arcel directed adaptation. So far the talks have yet to be finalized, although it seems both parties are interested in sealing the deal. McConaughey has also reportedly been offered two roles, either the main protagonist, gunslinger Roland Deschain, or that of the villainous Man in Black, with McConaughey apparently favoring the darker, evil role. You can check out a synopsis for the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, below:
The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. So begins Book I of Stephen King’s iconic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Part sci-fi novel, part futuristic dystopia, part spaghetti Western, and part high fantasy vision, The Gunslinger tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is tracking an enigmatic magician known only as the man in black. Following his quarry across the demon-infested Mohaine Desert, Roland confronts a mad preacher woman and her murderous flock, holds palaver with a speaking demon, and finally befriends a young boy from our world named Jake Chambers. Jake joins Roland on his quest, but while Roland travels with his young companion Jake, the man in black travels with Roland’s soul in his pocket.
An adaptation of The Dark Tower has been on the cards for several years, and has at various times, had different big names attached, including Javier Bardem, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. More recently, we've also heard King's Dark Tower novels could form the basis of a new franchise straddling both film and television. Currently, its unclear if McConaughey's involvement would also involve television roles, although as his stint on True Detective shows, he is not adverse to well developed small screen projects.
However, this isn't the only King project McConaughey may be involved in, as his name was also tentatively attached to play the villain in Josh Boone's upcoming The Stand. Sources suggest he's unlikely to accept roles in both King films, and considering The Dark Tower is further ahead in production, it is this project he is most likely to sign on to - although this is by no means certain.
It is also possible McConaughey, who recently turned down a role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, may also be waiting it out to get involved in Christopher Nolan's next project which is slated to start filming in 2016.
Currently, The Dark Tower is due to arrive in theaters on January 13, 2017.