THE DARK TOWER Officially Casts Idris Elba And Matthew McConaughey


With renouned author Stephen King's The Dark Tower book series taking shape at Sony and MRC, King himself confirmed a la Twitter, actors Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey as the first to be cast for the new film as post-apocalyptic gun slinger. The two were initially up for roles in the film since late 2015 with Nikolas Arcej attached to direct.

Adapted for the screen by Arcej along with Anders Thomas Jensen, executive producer Jeff Pinker and producer Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road, Elba and McConaughey will portray the respective roles of post-apocalyptic gun-slinger Roland Deschain, and the villainous man in black. The film is based on King's popular book series which began with the 1982 publication, "The Gunslinger", offsetting eight books and several comic book installments that take its inspirational cues from the works of authors Robert Browning and J.R.R. Tolkien, and famed spaghetti western director Sergio Leone.

via Stephen King.com:
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.
The film is set to begin shooting in South Africa later next month for a tentative January 13, 2017 release. Imagine Entertainment's own Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins are producing as well.

Elba is currently poised to appear in the Belgium premiere of the new action thriller, Bastille Day, while McConaughey's period war drama, Free State Of Jones will opens in the U.S. this May.

H/T: EW

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