Well he may not be any closer to playing James Bond, but this week it looks like Idris Elba is on the verge of landing one of his biggest roles to date. Word on the street is that he is circling the lead role in the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Earlier this year, Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) signed on to direct the first movie in the epic series from a script by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. If Idris Elba does move forward with the project, he would potentially star opposite Matthew McConaughey, who is also said to be in talks to play the film’s villain. Hit the jump for more details.
According to The Wrap, Idris Elba is in early talks to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in Sony and MRC’s The Dark Tower. Following up on reports from last month, it looks as though Matthew McConaughey is also in negotiations to play the villainous Walter Padick aka the Man in Black after being previously offered the part of the gunslinger as well. Padick has also appeared as the main villain in several other Stephen King novels under the name Randall Flagg.
The Dark Tower adaptation has been in development for years and was previously set up at both Universal and Warner Brothers with actors like Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem rumoured to star. There are also still plans for a TV series tie-in of some sort, although it is unclear if it would involve Elba or McConaughey. The Dark Tower is scheduled to hit theatres on Jan. 13th, 2017… how do you feel about these two casting choices?