Idris Elba And Matthew McConaughey To Star In THE DARK TOWER

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Idris Elba And Matthew McConaughey To Star In THE DARK TOWER

Finally, after months of waiting, The Dark Tower director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel has announced the main cast for the adaptation of the beloved Stephen King book. Idris Elba will play Roland Deschain, the gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey will play his foe, known as the Man in Black.

In an article from Entertainment Weekly, Arcel (who directed A Royal Affair and co-wrote The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) confirmed the casting, along with his plans to adapt the long series, which is a hefty eight books and a few graphic novels. No word yet if this will become a franchise or perhaps a trilogy as yet.

While a few actors (not the least of whom was Javier Bardem) have been rumoured, I personally think Elba is a stroke of genius casting. I'm a big fan of the books, and Elba will bring the necessary gravitas, coldness, and precision to the part. McConaughey is a bit perplexing; his wide Texan grin and casual manner just don't scream 'pure evil', as the Man in Black is, but perhaps he will surprise me.

As my colleague Stuart Muller wrote last year, this is a complicated story, very dark and strange, with wild imaginings, both microcosmic (how do you choose between love and revenge) and macrocosmic (self-aware psychotic trains). I look forward to further cast announcement of Roland's companions.

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YojimboMarch 1, 2016 1:55 PM

Oh Noes! this is going to cause the usual race firago.

YojimboMarch 1, 2016 2:31 PM

Oh dear I think your spelling went a bit Shakespeare.
Did you mean farrago?

RolandDeschain1 .March 1, 2016 9:32 PM

I wonder if they landed McC by promising him he would barely be in the other films.

Unless they push Flagg into the story a lot more.

RolandDeschain1 .March 2, 2016 12:07 AM

More like, the media is going to blow up another non-existent 'outrage' about race because they're lazy, race-baiting scum and that's what they do.

No-one cares about a black person in THE DARK TOWER because nobody knows what the fuck THE DARK TOWER is. Even among King fans a whole lot of them haven't read it.

I'm just wondering how they're going to bring Odetta into the story and how that dynamic will work.

Also, A ROYAL AFFAIR is brilliant. I'm more confident in this director than Ron Howard. And I LIKE Ron Howard, but he's just way too milquetoast to really push this story where it needs to go.

Will they have 11-year-old Jake 'raped' by a spirit in the film, I wonder.

ParoxysmMarch 2, 2016 5:43 AM

Well minus the outrage it does raise questions of how they'll compensate for the race issue. The relationship between Roland and Odetta/Susannah is going to need to be pretty heavily retooled. No big deal as they're going to modify a lot to adapt the series but it's not like race is a total non issue to the casting as it's a pretty major theme at points of the series.

Oh my... what if Odetta is white?

Shelagh M. Rowan-LeggMarch 2, 2016 7:48 AM

Do you mean the relationship between Eddie and Susannah? Their interracial love story is indeed important and relevant, and I can't see that changing. But Roland's race is irrelevant and isn't important in his relationship with Susannah.

ParoxysmMarch 2, 2016 7:54 AM

Detta isn't such a big fan of Roland in The Drawing of the Three and she's not calling him a Honky constantly because he honks a lot.

Shelagh M. Rowan-LeggMarch 2, 2016 8:15 AM

oh yes, I'd forgotten that. That might be tough to work around, but not impossible.

ManateeAdvocateMarch 2, 2016 8:15 AM

Now granted, I only read the first book and part of the second when I was a kid so I'm not fully versed in all things Man in Black, but I thought McC tapped into some pretty convincing evil in Killer Joe.

ParoxysmMarch 2, 2016 8:25 AM

Yeah it's not a major roadblock. It's just the only thing that comes to mind as a potential issue. I think I overstated my concern in my original message :P

BosMarch 3, 2016 6:07 AM

I am so happy!

wagnerfilmMarch 3, 2016 7:35 PM

Not seeing any of that media outrage. Peple seem excited by this.

wagnerfilmMarch 3, 2016 7:37 PM

The writer here evidently didn't see Killer Joe if there's any concern whether McC can convey cold blooded evil.

Anyway, if I see word about any Stephen King adaptation, I look to see if Mick Garris has once again inexplicably been attached to direct. If not, I'm cautiously optimistic.