Cast announced for Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ TV series

One of the leading roles will be played by an 'Eastenders' star

Amazon‘s Dark Tower TV series has announced the casting of two of its lead roles.

Based on the Stephen King books, the forthcoming series will feature Jasper Pääkkönen and Sam Strike, both of whom have been cast in the show’s pilot episode.

Strike, who many will know for playing Johnny Carter in EastEnders,  will play Roland Deschain, otherwise known as The Gunslinger. Pääkkönen is reported to fill the role of the Man in Black, who also goes by the names Marten Broadcloak and Randall Flagg.

The plot of the Amazon series is set to explain how Roland became a gunslinger and first crossed paths with the Man in Black.

The series was originally intended to tie-in with the 2017 motion picture that starred Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. But after the Nikolaj Arcel-directed movie failed to connect with audiences it was decided that the series would serve as a more faithful adaptation of the books.

Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba starred in the 2017 movie ‘The Dark Tower’.

Aside from Eastenders, Strike has also appeared in the likes of Mindhunter, Timeless, and Nightflyers, the latter of which was based on the George RR Martin novella.

Pääkkönen featured in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and will also appear in his upcoming film Da 5 Bloods.

Meanwhile, star of the 2017 Dark Tower movie Idris Elba is reportedly in discussions to replace Will Smith as Deadshot in the forthcoming sequel to Suicide Squad.

According to reports, Elba is being lined up by Warner Bros after it was confirmed last month that Smith won’t be returning for the sequel.