Casting for Dark Tower: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
Finally, after many years of negotiating and trying to find the right actors for Stephen King’s most famous series of fantasy books, actors Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have been chosen to play Roland Dechain and Randall Flagg, respectively. The story follows both the protagonist, the Gunslinger, and the Man in Black who are after the Dark Tower, the center of the worlds, and they fight to the death to reach it first. After months of speculation and rumors about the movie being in the making, King has tweeted that his beloved Dark Tower will come to life – “It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.” It was uncertain whether the books were going to be adapted into a movie or a TV show, however, it looks like the movie format has prevailed (though that doesn’t rule out the possibility of a TV series down the road). The movie is set to start filming in 7 weeks in South Africa, and upon King’s insistence, the first (and the last) line of the books will be featured in the beginning of the movie as well. “It should start that way,” King said. “I’ve been pretty insistent about that.”
The movie will not start from book 1, however. It will begin in medias res, somewhere in the middle of the eight-book series. “[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story.” It will also take place in the contemporary world, so it is yet to be seen how they will incorporate all the worlds beside the “real” one.
We also have yet to find out who the rest of Roland’s ka-tet (Eddie, Susannah, and Jake) are going to be played by. The movie is set for release in January 2017.