There has been a lot of interest in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower book series. Now we can get an official first look into how Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey look in the film as well as the rest of the cast, thanks to Entertainment Weekly.
In EW‘s pages, you can see the official characters Elba (the Gunslinger) and McConaughey (the Man in Black) play and how they are going to look.
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have tried numerous times to get the ball rolling on the Dark Tower series via various film and TV attempts, all of which have been stalled in the past until now.
The first film, called The Dark Tower, is currently shooting and apparently has a bit of a different backstory between Roland Deschain AKA The Gunslinger who will be played by Elba and warlock Walter AKA The Man In Black played by McConaughey.
McConaughey’s character is causing chaos and destruction to a realm called Mid-World which his target within it is the Dark Tower itself. Therefore, Deschain’s target is Walter.
With Nikolaj Arcel in the director’s chair, a lot of Stephen King fans are excited for this film adaptation especially as it is such an intricate, detailed story with a lot of crossovers and intertwining of King’s other famous books such as The Shining.
Speaking to EW, Elba says that his character is someone who is a bit lost. “He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s… coiled.”
“I was thrilled. I was thrilled to get this job,” Elba said, excitedly. “I was thrilled because, you know, it’s an alternative to what you could say, what Roland is described as.”
McConaughey seems to very excited to be playing someone who is a lot darker in his motivations than some of his past characters. But apparently he won’t be as he is portrayed in King’s book…
“He is a man, actually,” McConaughey says. “They wanted to go very human and grounded with this. Obviously there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter. But we didn’t want to go overly fantastic. That would drop the humanity. So Walter, for me, is a man who exposes hypocrisies.”
So, it will be interesting to see how the fans react to such changes but we think it sounds very exciting already.
The Dark Tower will be out in the UK on February 17, 2017.
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