Following the announcement that the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will finally land a release date on January 13th, 2017, speculation has grown surrounding the lead. In a report by Jeff Sneider of The Wrap, Sony is reportedly eying Matthew McConaughey to star as Roland Deschain, the gunslinger that leads the series, though an offer has also been made to play the villainous Man in Black. Sony and MRC have not commented nor confirmed the casting.
The report details that McConaughey has begun in preliminary negotiations, and that general interest from both parties have sparked further discussions. The Wrap reports that McCoanughey is “learning towards embracing his dark side” in preparation for either role.
The Dark Tower has long been in development at Sony and MRC, with the film being passed through the hands of several veteran filmmakers, including Ron Howard and J.J. Abrams. Director Nikola Arcel, who penned the script with Akiva Goldsman, is set the film for a 2017 release, in conjunction with an announced television series of the same name. No word on the connection, if any, between the two.
McConaughey is following a career resurgence that began in 2013 with his Academy-Award winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, as well as Mud and The Wolf of Wall Street. Following his roles last year in Interstellar and True Detective, McConaughey is set to star in next year’s The Free State of Jones.
The Dark Tower is set for release on January 13th, 2017.
Source: The Wrap