Following their official reveals of Idris Elba as The Gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter, The Man in Black, EW is back with a new batch of images teasing the boy with the "shine," Jake Chambers, and his encounters with The Gunslinger in both the vast landscape of Mid-World and New York City.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and currently filming in South Africa, The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba as The Gunslinger, Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black, Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Fran Kranz as Pimli, Katheryn Winnick, and Jackie Earle Haley as Sayre. Sony has scheduled the film for a February 17th, 2017 theatrical release.
Comprised of eight novels and numerous short stories and comic books (and referenced in other books as well), King’s The Dark Tower series began with 1982’s The Gunslinger, which follows Roland of Gilead as he pursues The Man in Black through the Mid-World, a dying place with similarities to our own realm.
The upcoming film will not focus solely on the plot of The Gunslinger, instead continuing upon some of the events from the book series. Here's what director Arcel recently told EW:
“The hardcore fans of The Dark Tower series will know that this is actually a sequel to the books in a way. It has a lot of the same elements, a lot of the same characters, but it is a different journey.”
Additionally, The Dark Tower movie is not expected to include Eddie and Susannah, two key characters from the novels that were a part of Roland's ka-tet, but they are planned to appear in potential sequels, according to Arcel:
"They’re certainly out there. I think the entire story deserves to be told and should be told. I would certainly be disappointed in myself or my collaborators if we didn’t bring them in"
To read EW's full interview with Arcel, visit their website, and to view more images from the film, go to:
Images courtesy of EW / Ilze Kitshoff / Marco Grob / Jessica Miglio: