idris elba the dark tower

UPDATE: Stephen King has confirmed McConaughey and Elba’s casting on Twitter, as you can see below. Original story from December 10, 2015 follows.

Matthew McConaughey fled across the desert and Idris Elba followed.

It’s the kind of left-field casting that is almost disgustingly perfect – why didn’t anyone think of this sooner? Idris Elba, the star of Luther, Pacific Rim, and Beasts of No Nation is the current frontrunner to play Roland Deschain in director Nikolaj Arcel‘s adaptation of The Gunslinger, the first novel in Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series. If he does sign on the dotted line, he’ll be joining a cast that already includes Matthew McConaughey, who is set to play the mysterious “man in black,” the chief villain of the series and the Big Bad of the entire Stephen King universe.

Read more on the Idris Elba The Dark Tower casting after the jump.

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Dark Tower Abbey Lee

After many, many years of on-again, off-again development, Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower looks closer than ever to the big screen. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are set to lead the Western fantasy epic being directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and now the heavyweight duo are being joined by an up-and-comer: Abbey Lee, who made her big-screen debut last year in Mad Max: Fury Road. Which is all fine and dandy, except her casting has some readers scratching their heads. Which character, exactly, is she playing?  Read More »

James Mangold to Direct ‘The Gunslinger’

Briefly: James Mangold‘s last film before this year’s Knight and Day was the Western remake 3:10 to Yuma, and now he’s going back to the genre with revenge thriller The Gunslinger. Warner Bros. bought John Hlavin‘s spec script in 2009, but put it into turnaround and New Regency is snapping it up, with producers set to further develop it for Mr. Mangold. There won’t be too much additional development, though, as a spring start is on the calendar.

The story is called “a contemporary Western, centering on an ex-Texas Ranger who sets out to punish the men who killed his brother.” No casting is announced at this point. [THR]