Idris Elba & Matthew McConaughey On Drew Them To ‘The Dark Tower’

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey reveal what drew them to the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower book series.

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The journey of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series from page to screen has been a long one full of stops and starts and more than it’s fair share of difficulties, but director Nikolaj Arcel has finally managed to bring a feature film version of The Dark Tower to life on the big screen.

While speaking to Cinema Blend, Idris Elba, who stars in the film as the last gunslinger Roland Deschain, revealed what it was about the property that drew him in:

“What brought me was this opportunity to make something original, something that was definitely going to be an exercise for the imagination of any audience, whether you read the books or not. Getting to play a gunslingin’ hero, that was my main one. Outside of wanting to work with Matthew [McConaughey] and Nic [Arcel] and the Sony team, it was really about this page 1 fantastic new idea, new film, new concept, new franchise, new hero.”

The Man in Black, Matthew McConaughey also revealed what drew him to the film:

“There are franchises out there, and I’ve seen them, had some offers, and they were ones that I even liked. But I felt like they were the second or third one, and the characters I was being offered were sort of an amendment to the story, because they’d succeeded earlier. This came across my desk, and I said, ‘Oh, this is original, a chance to get in on the ground floor, to have some authorship with the character that I would go play. To get in with Idris, Nikolaj, and Sony, and the creators, and go, ‘Hey, we’re gonna be the first to tell the story. We’re gonna be the first to present you The Dark Tower. And if it’s a success, we can come back and do another one.”

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black, Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Katheryn Winnick as Laurie Chambers, Abbey Lee as Tirana, Jackie Earle Haley as Sayre, Fran Kranz as Pimli, Claudia Kim as Arra Champignon and Dennis Haysbert as Steven Deschain. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The Dark Tower hits theaters August 4, 2017.

Source: Cinema Blend