Stephen King took to Twitter to confirm both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are on board for the adaptation of The Dark Tower:
It's official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. #DarkTowerMovie @McConaughey @IdrisElba
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 1, 2016
Matthew McConaughey actually mentioned the filming a few minutes before King as well…
While Idris Elba’s role hasn’t been confirmed, it seems now he is on board and ready to shoot The Gunslinger, book one in The Dark Tower series. McConaughey has been set for a while, playing the mysterious man in black.
The Dark Tower series takes plays in a post-apocalyptic world (think Mad Max, only less populated). Here is the synopsis of the first book:
The opening chapter in the epic Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, in a world where time has moved on, pursues his nemesis, The Man in Black, across a desert. Roland’s ultimate goal is the Dark Tower, the nexus of all universes. This mysterious icon’s power is failing, threatening everything in existence.
This first film will be directed by first-time director Nikolaj Arcel, who’s also writing the screenplay adaptation. The Gunslinger hits theaters January of next year.