Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will star in The Dark Tower film adaptation. Elba (pictured, via) will play the gunslinger and McConaughey (pictured, via) will play the villainous “man in black.” According to Indiewire, Nikolaj Arcel has signed on to serve as the director.
Stephen King, the author behind this dark fantasy series, confirmed the news with a Facebook post. Book one, entitled The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, was first published back in 1982. Altogether, King has written eight installments.
Here’s more from Entertainment Weekly: “For those who haven’t turned the pages of The Dark Tower books, they tell the story of the fallen land of Mid-World through the eyes of Roland Deschain, a sort of frontiersman knight whose primary weapon is not a sword but a pair of revolvers. He’s on a quest to save his decaying world by reaching the tower that stands at the nexus point in time and space. The man in black – a devil who goes by many names, but mostly Walter Padick or Walter O’Dim – is an ageless deceiver and sorcerer who also seeks to reach the tower and rule over its seemingly infinite kingdoms.” (via The Verge)