Ahead of the official trailer reveal on Wednesday, The Dark Tower movie (based on the epic Stephen King fantasy series of the same name) is teased in the first footage from the film that offers intense glimpses of The Gunslinger and The Man in Black.

Posted in a fun back-and-forth Twitter conversation between Matthew McConaughey (who plays The Man in Black) and Idris Elba (who plays The Gunslinger, aka Roland Deschain), the new trailer teases can be viewed below (via JoBlo).

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba as The Gunslinger (aka Roland Deschain), Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black, Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Fran Kranz as Pimli, Katheryn Winnick, and Jackie Earle Haley as Sayre.

The Dark Tower is slated to come out on August 4th from Columbia Pictures. In case you missed it, check out images from the film and its teaser poster.

The Dark Tower is expected to not focus solely on the plot of The Gunslinger, the first book in The Dark Tower series, opting instead to continue some of the events from the overall book series. Here's what director Arcel once 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."

Comprised of eight novels and numerous short stories and comic books (and referenced in other novels 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. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details on The Dark Tower.

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