The long talked about, sometimes seemingly impossible, big screen adaptation of author Stephen King’s epic The Dark Tower series is on the way and it looks like he has found his stars.
King took to twitter yesterday to confirm the casting of Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba for the upcoming movie.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 1, 2016
Idris will star as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger and McConaughey will play the legendary antagonist that is The Man in Black, AKA Randall Flagg. The two also hit twitter and started to stoke the flames of their newfound rivalry.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 1, 2016
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) March 1, 2016
The Dark Tower starts shooting next month in South Africa and will be directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel (The Royal Affair). EW confirmed that the movie will not be a direct adaptation of The Gunslinger (the first book of 8 in the series), which had widely been rumored. Arcel refused to tell EW which of the 8 books the film would focus on but did state, “A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.”
Initially many people thought the adaptation would be a mini-series covering all the source material, but for now it looks like we’re just getting one stand alone film. Stephen King also spoke with EW about this change, “Other people have tried fantasy spectacle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it works really well when it’s based on a series of books, like The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, and sometimes it doesn’t. What I have to go back to is this: We have Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, two great actors. You’ve got a great production team and Akiva Goldsman as the primary script writer. The team is in place, so we’ll hope for the best.”
Hopefully “the best” means a huge box office win that will spawn a sequel, guess we’ll have to wait and see.
[Source Entertainment Weekly]