Idris Elba confirmed for Stephen King ‘The Dark Tower’ TV series

Television series reportedly coming to screens in 2018

Idris Elba has been confirmed for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower television series, which is reportedly coming to screens in 2018.

Earlier this year (March 2), Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba were confirmed to be starring in a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.

McConaughey has long been linked to play the role of Walter Padick aka the Man in Black, while Idris Elba is expected to take on Roland Deschain aka the Gunslinger.

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The film is set to be released in February 2017 and according to Entertainment Weekly, the film’s executive producer and co-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will debut a companion television series in 2018.

EW states that the current plan is to produce “a full run of between 10 and 13 episodes, depending on how the scripts and story arcs develop.”

“In the movie, Roland is suffering tremendous loss,” Goldman told EW. “The most concrete, personal, existential heartbreak a character can have. If the movie chronicles his final reach toward hope again, the TV show is the loss of that hope.”

Director Nikolaj Arcel, whose helming the first film, is currently working on a script for the TV series alongside co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen. McConaughey is yet to be confirmed for the television series.