We knew there was at least a 90% chance of this happening, but now we can increase things to 100%, thanks to a series of tweets from Stephen King. The film version of The Dark Tower is finally moving forward, and it’s going to have two huge names leading the way.
Idris Elba has been confirmed to play the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey will show off his acting range by playing villain Randall Flagg. Obviously, this is great casting news because both Elba and McConaughey are incredible actors, but honestly it’s just nice to know that production is finally getting started.
Stephen King and the film’s director Nikolaj Arcel spoke to Entertainment Weekly earlier this week to provide some more details on the exciting news.
“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film. When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little sh-tty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now. I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised.”
I think we’re all a little bit surprised and delighted. During the interview, Arcel and King gave everyone a few details about how the first film might play out.
According to the author, the first film will begin in the middle of the events instead of at the beginning…
“[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.”
The first film in the series is expected to hit theaters January 13, 2017.