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Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey to enter The Dark Tower

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have been confirmed to star in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.
The fantasy film has been in development for several years, with talk of turning the stories into films arising shortly after the books were published in the 1980s.
“The thing is, it’s been a looong (sic) trip from the books to the film,” writer Stephen tells Entertainment Weekly. “When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little s**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.”
Stephen is elated Idris and Matthew have decided to take on the leading roles in The Dark Tower. Idris will be portraying hero Roland Deschain, while Matthew is taking on the villainous part of a character named Man in Black.
The Man in Black, who also goes by alias Walter Padick, is a demonic sorcerer who is pursued by knight Roland in The Gunslinger, the first book of The Dark Tower series, which was published in 1982. The eight-part book franchise focuses on Roland’s quest for The Dark Tower, a nexus and intersectional point for multiple universes.
Director Nikolaj Arcel co-authored the script with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner, and filming will commence in South Africa in seven weeks.
Nikolaj is excited to start work with Idris and Matthew, and he believes they are more than talented to depict the complicated characters onscreen.
“Matthew is an incredible actor who can do anything. That’s how I feel about Walter Padick. He could do anything,” the director gushed, before making similar comments about Idris.
“For me, it just clicked,” Nikolaj added of casting the Beasts of No Nation star. “He’s such a formidable man. I had to go to Idris and tell him my vision for the entire journey with Roland and the ka-tet. We discussed, who is this character? What’s he about? What’s his quest? What’s his psychology? We tried to figure out if we saw the same guy. And we absolutely had all the same ideas and thoughts. He had a unique vision for who Roland would be.”
Sony Pictures is planning to release The Dark Tower in January, 2017.

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