- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On March 1, 2016
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- Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, stephen king, the dark tower
Big casting news has just been confirmed by Stephen King himself, among other sources, for the big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower. Idris Elba (star of The Wire, Luther, Heimdall in the Thor movies) is attached to play the role of Roland Deschain the Gunslinger, hero and protagonist of The Dark Tower. And, in an interesting turn of events, Matthew McConaughey (star of True Detective, Interstellar, Dallas Buyer’s Club) is attached to play the role of The Man in Black aka Randall Flagg.
For those unfamiliar with the story (or for those too daunted by the thousands of pages of reading The Dark Tower series promises), The Dark Tower generally follows the story of The Gunslinger as he hunts down the titular Tower, which he believes to be the nexus of the universe. The Man in Black, a darkly mystical figure, hopes to stop him from reaching the tower because he’d like to corrupt it to his whims. It’s a testament to the power and vision of the story that seven huge novels can be summed up as being about a general race to a tower. The stories blend fantasy, gunslinger westerns, and horror together into what King considers his most important work.
Fans of the series have long debated who would make the perfect Roland Deschain and who would make the perfect Man in Black. And personally… I think they nailed it with this casting. Idris Elba is powerful, stoic, and utterly charming. His take on Roland could end up being a classic performance, and this series could end up becoming a huge, huge franchise for him. I’m so excited for the work he’ll bring to the screen.
As for Matthew McConaughey… talk about a dream come true! Randall Flagg is a reoccuring villain in much of King’s work, he appears in short stories, as side characters, and is the main villain of The Stand (my favorite book of King’s). He’s a cold, calculating, but at times creepily cheerful villain. There’s a levity that belies Flagg’s depth of his evil, a levity that McConaughey’s honey-soaked voice and accent would perfectly capture.
And just look at the playfulness of these two, already:
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 1, 2016
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) March 1, 2016
It will truly be a treat to get to see these two go at it. Director Nikolaj Arcel (co-writer of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is set to helm based on a script by he and Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner. And while there are a lot of cooks in this pot, it seems that Arcel’s going through the script to refine and rework it. All eyes are on this film as the start of a larger franchise, and there are already talks about a television series to tie-in to the larger world of Tower. As some of the books are primarily flashback, and others involve pseudo-side quests, there’s plenty of room to wiggle around with the story. Could this end up being as big as the Marvel Cinematic Universe? While there aren’t quite that many stories to tell and characters to mingle, Randall Flagg is the villain of The Stand, and hot damn… it would be awesome to see McConaughey gathering legions of followers in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas.
For now, keep an eye out for The Dark Tower, which is scheduled for theaters in January of 2017, and plenty more news as new casting announcements and production details release. For now, casting Elba and McConaughey as the two leads is a very strong start.