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07.14.2016

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THE DARK TOWER follows Gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) as he roams an Old West-like landscape in search of (you guessed it) the dark tower, in hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. This Stephen King adaptation has been teasing fans for years and is now finally in production under the guiding hand of Nikolaj Arcel (A ROYAL AFFAIR) and producer Ron Howard. Entertainment Weekly has just dropped their new cover featuring Elba as The Gunslinger, as well as Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black. Check it out!

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Idris Elba on his character:

When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost. He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s...coiled. I like to bring a little depth and bring a real character. And what’s been fun is, Nik’s really up for that. So we do takes that are a little bit more commercial, if you like, and we do takes that are f***ing deep, like we’re making an independent film. It’s an iconic character. I want to get it right.

The upcoming issue of EW will cover a lot of the flicks that will be at Comic Con, but in terms of THE DARK TOWER, there will be interviews with Elba, McConaughey, Arcel, and even Stephen King regarding the state of his film. I haven't read any books in the series myself, but from the King fans I know, if they get this movie right we're in for something else!

THE DARK TOWER hits theaters on February 17, 2017.

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6:37PM on 07/14/2016
McConaughey looks like a washed up 80's rocker trying desperately to hold onto his youth. And I must have missed the part in the books where The Man In Black hangs out at a rave with a bunch of extras from an Underworld movie. Hell, Elba looks like he just stepped right off the set of that shitty Ghost Rider sequel he was in.

Who is this movie even for? Definitely not for anyone who enjoyed the books. Well, good luck, Howard and co. Hope you can generic this up enough so you can sell it
McConaughey looks like a washed up 80's rocker trying desperately to hold onto his youth. And I must have missed the part in the books where The Man In Black hangs out at a rave with a bunch of extras from an Underworld movie. Hell, Elba looks like he just stepped right off the set of that shitty Ghost Rider sequel he was in.

Who is this movie even for? Definitely not for anyone who enjoyed the books. Well, good luck, Howard and co. Hope you can generic this up enough so you can sell it to the unwashed masses and turn a quick buck. Make sure King gets his cut.
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8:45PM on 07/14/2016
Dude. Get over yourself
Dude. Get over yourself
3:22PM on 07/14/2016
A sign of the Crimson King in the second pic. I wonder who they will cast for that role...
A sign of the Crimson King in the second pic. I wonder who they will cast for that role...
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1:56PM on 07/14/2016
I've only read the first book so far, but based on that limited reading I'm not as turned off by these casting choices as most are. Who knows if that will change as I read the rest of the series. But from looking at what little we've seen of the sets, specifically the shot of MM in the saloon above, it at least looks like they're getting the aesthetic right for the film.

Does anyone know if there are plans to make this into a franchise? Or are they going to try cramming everything into
I've only read the first book so far, but based on that limited reading I'm not as turned off by these casting choices as most are. Who knows if that will change as I read the rest of the series. But from looking at what little we've seen of the sets, specifically the shot of MM in the saloon above, it at least looks like they're getting the aesthetic right for the film.

Does anyone know if there are plans to make this into a franchise? Or are they going to try cramming everything into one film. The first book seems like it would take at least an 1 hour to tell on screen, and that's cutting out some of the unimportant parts. I'd imagine it would take even longer to tell the other books since they're longer than the first...
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1:26PM on 07/14/2016
The casting choices seem weird to me, but I'll be see this one and hope for the best. Maybe I'll be surprised like I was with Tarzan.
The casting choices seem weird to me, but I'll be see this one and hope for the best. Maybe I'll be surprised like I was with Tarzan.
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