Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba confirmed for ‘The Dark Tower’

Stephen King adaptation expected in early 2017

Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba will appear 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.

King confirmed the casting on Twitter yesterday. “It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. #DarkTowerMovie @McConaughey @IdrisElba” he tweeted.

Based on King’s 1982 novel The Gunslinger, the film will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair). Horror writer King recently spoke about meeting Idris Elba to dicuss the Gunslinger part. A version of the film with director Ron Howard, in which Javier Bardem would have taken the Gunslinger role, failed to make it to the screen.

“For me, it just clicked. He’s such a formidable man,” he said. “We discussed: who is this character? What’s he about? What’s his quest? What’s his psychology? We tried to figure out if we saw the same guy. And we absolutely had all the same ideas and thoughts.”

The first film in the Dark Tower series is due for release in January 2017. It is reported that Mad Max: Fury Road actress Abbey Lee is in talks to play the role of Tirana.