Earlier today, we got our first official look at Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower, the adaptation/remix of Stephen King‘s beloved horror/fantasy/western/science fiction series that has become a cornerstone of modern genre fiction. While the first wave of news rode upon a series of great quotes from star Idris Elba and a very evocative description of one of the film’s key sets, the second wave is all about Matthew McConaughey‘s black-clad villain and how this very tricky, dense series is making the transition to film.
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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect actor for the role of Roland Deschain than Idris Elba, a man who contains all of the swagger and weariness you’d want from a knight-cowboy wandering a fantastical post-apocalypse in pursuit of the warlock who destroyed his world and plans to end existence as we know it. Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series has its ups and downs, but its the kind of imaginative blend of genres that demands a big screen adaptation and Roland the Gunslinger is the kind of larger-than-life character who deserves an actor of Elba’s caliber.
Elba’s casting has proven controversial in certain corners of the internet (spoiler alert: it’s because he’s a black man), but a new interview from the set of director Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower is all of the evidence you need that he’s the man for job. But surely you already knew that.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
“The man in black fled across the city, and the iPhone cameras followed.” That should be the new opening line for The Dark Tower, Nikolaj Arcel‘s new movie based on Stephen King‘s bestselling fantasy series. Since production moved to New York, the internet has been flooded with photos of stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, taken by paparazzi and random passersby.
Today, producer Ron Howard got in on the fun as well, sharing a photo of himself with Arcel and Elba in full gunslinging gear. See the behind-the-scenes Dark Tower photo below. Read More »
The film version of The Dark Tower has been filming for a few weeks now and everywhere you look, fans are filled with a strange combination of enthusiasm and dread. Enthusiasm because after years and years of being trapped in development hell, Stephen King‘s messy-but-magnificent fantasy/horror/science fiction series is being made into a movie. Dread because the movie director Nikolaj Arcel is shooting looks like a very loose adaptation of the books.
But what if there’s a reason for this being a loose adaptation? What if the film happens to be more than just a basic adaptation and may very well add to the Dark Tower mythos in an intriguing way? Stephen King himself has now seemingly implied this, but the details will be spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the books.
Seriously. Huge book spoilers lurk below. C’mon, don’t be that person who ignores the spoiler warning and gets mad about it.
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Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: Deadline reports that Michael Barbieri, the star of Little Men, has joined the cast as Timmy, a friend to Jake Chambers. The original story follows below.
That headline may be a bit of a deep cut for the uninitiated, but you hopefully got the gist of it: Katheryn Winnick, who is best known for playing Lagertha on the History Channel’s Vikings series, has joined the rapidly expanding cast of the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Whom she’ll play in Nikolaj Arcel‘s film remains unknown, but one report suggests that fans of the book series should stop scouring the text to find a connection – it looks like she could be playing a newly invented character.
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After stealing scenes and nearly the entire movie in Cabin in the Woods, actor Fran Kranz has just landed a pivotal role in the forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy book series The Dark Tower, which is in production already.
Idris Elba is set in the lead role as Roland the last Gunslinger, a weary cowboy and knight of sorts who crosses a post-apocalyptic landscape as part of his quest to reach the Dark Tower, the nexus of all possible worlds. But getting in the way is his nemesis known as the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. So how does Fran Kranz come into play? Find out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you’re the kind of person who adores comic book shows and fantasy movies — and judging by the fact that you’re on /Film, we’re guessing you are — prepare to see a lot of Jackie Earle Haley over the next couple of years. Not only is he set to star in AMC’s Preacher, he’s just snapped up roles in Amazon’s The Tick and Nikolaj Arcel‘s Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower. Not surprisingly, given his knack for playing colorful and creepy characters, he’ll be playing villains in all of them. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
After years of false stars and ambitious franchise plans that never came to fruition and a revolving door of talent that saw the likes of Ron Howard and Javier Bardem board the project and exit, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower has finally begun filming under director Nikolaj Arcel. As a fan of Stephen King‘s magnum opus book series, a wild combination of science fiction, horror, and fantasy that unites all of his work in one universe, I will be watching this production closely, eyebrow ready to rise at a moment’s notice. To paraphrase Roland the Gunslinger: I do not prematurely criticize with my laptop; he who prematurely criticizes with his laptop has forgotten the face of his father. I prematurely criticize with my heart.
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’m not actually going to believe that a movie based on Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower actually exists until I’m sitting in a theater and the lights go down and I’m actually watching Matthew McConaughey flee across the desert while Idris Elba follows. Until then, I’m going to treat this whole thing with a healthy amount of skepticism – once you’ve been burned, you know not to get too excited about the new stove.
In any case, director Nikolaj Arcel‘s science fiction and horror-tinged fantasy epic has just recruited another new actor. The mostly unknown Tom Taylor will play Jake Chambers, the 12-year old boy who finds himself drawn into the world of Roland Deschain the Gunslinger and proceeds to develop a strong bond with Elba’s wandering warrior. And since this is a Stephen King story, he has a really, really rough time.
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Sony Pictures has done some shuffling to their release calendar for 2017, but thankfully, it’s nothing too drastic for those who have been waiting years for the action sequel Bad Boys 3 and the long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. They’ve both been pushed back, but will still arrive in 2017. And for those waiting to see Barbie come to the big screen in her own movie, you’ll see it arriving a bit earlier. Find out the new Bad Boys 3 release date and the rest of the calendar shifts after the jump. Read More »