After years of rumors, speculation and false starts, a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Dark Tower” is now in the works, and its two main roles have been cast: Idris Elba will play the protagonist, Roland Deschain (aka “The Gunslinger”), while Matthew McConaughey will play his adversary, the Man in Black.
King, Elba and McConaughey all confirmed the long-gestating news on their Twitter accounts.http://blogs.wsj.com/sandbox.php?blog_id=120&post_id=93818&sandbox_id=0http://blogs.wsj.com/sandbox.php?blog_id=120&post_id=93818&sandbox_id=1http://blogs.wsj.com/sandbox.php?blog_id=120&post_id=93818&sandbox_id=2
According to Entertainment Weekly, as of now “The Dark Tower” will be one movie, with the possibility of more down the line. The filmmakers hope to have the movie in theaters in January 2017.
“The Dark Tower,” a sprawling tale that has encompassed several novels, stories and comic books, tells the story of Roland the Gunslinger’s quest to get to the title location, as he moves between worlds. King published “The Gunslinger,” the first (and relatively slim) novel in his epic fantasy series, in 1982, while the seven subsequent installments came out over the course of the next 30 years. The eighth book, “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” hit stands in 2012.
Elba’s casting, which has been rumored for months, has already triggered some criticism among some fans of the series. In the books, Roland the Gunslinger is white. Previous names mentioned in connection to the role include Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem.
Otherwise, the response to the casting of Elba — who has a wide following thanks to “The Wire” and “Luther,” as well as several movies – has been largely enthusiastic, particularly as racial and ethnic diversity in Hollywood rages as a hot topic in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
McConaughey’s casting, meanwhile, feels like a natural extension of his role as the nihilistic detective Rust Cohle on HBO’s “True Detective.”