Good news and bad news: if you're in the large camp of people who are thirsty for Idris Elba to step into the tux of a certain super-spy and order a martini with a brooding look and a filthy pun, you might want to put that dream on ice.
If you're a fan of Stephen King, on the other hand, it's bottoms-up, because Idris Elba has officially been confirmed to play the lead role in The Dark Tower, Sony's adaptation of King's epic eight-part fantasy series.
This movie has been such a long time in the making — at one point to be directed by J.J. Abrams — that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was never going to happen.
Way back when, Javier Bardem was attached to play Roland Deschain, and later Russell Crowe, but now Elba is locked in. Roland is the last surviving gunslinger, a man with an unshakable determination to locate a mythical tower. The world Roland inhabits looks like the old American West, with added splashes of magic, and some pretty weird shit going down, like cities disappearing and the sun setting in the east.
This world is massive, epic, and truly like nothing else in the realm of fantasy fiction, so to see it brought to life on the big screen is pretty exciting. There's also a lot of room for it to go wrong, but let's keep the faith.
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed..."
Matthew McConaughey will play the villainous man in black, which, coming after Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, should be enough to get The Dark Tower the attention it deserves. The reverse-typecasting of Elba as hero and McConaughey as villain adds an extra layer of intrigue to this game of cat and mouse.
Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair, the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the movie, which is set in the present day — not sure whether that means technology will be acknowledged — and scheduled to shoot in South Africa from April.
The Dark Tower will hit theaters on February 17, 2017.