Idris Elba in Talks for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower


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?

  • ProjectGenesis

    Love Elba but casting him would change a major dynamic of the story. Suzannah (Odetta)’s whole attitude towards Roland was clouded by mistrust, created by her treatment at the hands of white people. It shadows her entire outlook during the entire series. Even once she learns to trust and rely on him, it remains.

  • Deven Science

    Completely agree. I don’t mind sometimes casting colorblind, but in this case, hate to be the one to say this, but Roland is white, and should be white to keep the dynamics the same. Roland was modeled after Clint Eastwood’s The Man With No Name, and that’s the look that would best fit the role. McConaughey would have been a good choice, I think. Too bad he passed, or whatever happened.

  • If this movie ever comes out I will eat my hat.