Stephen King's The Dark Tower is approaching production and the lead actors have now been officially cast.
Idris Elba is signed on to play gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey will play the mystical protagonist who goes by the name Man In Black. I know what you're thinking: What a dashing pairing!
King and his co-writer/director Nikolaj Arcel have plans to adapt the story, which spans over eight books. The two sat with EW and King explained:
“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film. When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little sh-tty 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 goal is to get the film in theaters for January 13, 2017. Arcel's writing partners include Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. The producers are Goldsman and his Weed Road Pictures, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins of Imagine Entertainment. Pinkner will also serve as executive producer.
King is adamant that the first line in the move be the same as in the book:
He adds, without spilling about which books in the series the movie will cover:
“[The movie] 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."
The Dark Tower tells the story of a magical Western-style land called Mid-World, as seen through the eyes of Roland Deschain. This revolver-toting frontiersman is on a mission to save the destroyed world by going on a journey to reach the tower that stands at the center of time and space.
McConaughey has this to say to Idris:
I can't wait to watch this epic showdown!