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Some interesting casting has been confirmed for the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower...

Stephen King took to social media yesterday to confirm that the film version of his classic multi book saga The Dark Tower is definitely going ahead. And he tagged in some very interesting cast members.

They, of course, responded on Twitter

Yes The Dark Tower is finally getting underway with Idris Elba confirmed as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the mystical foe known as the man in black. In an interview with EW, the movie’s director and co-writer, Nikolaj Arcel, best known for the 2012 Danish film A Royal Affair and for co-writing the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

When asked about the casting of Idris Elba as Roland, the Gunslinger, Arcel said “For me, it just clicked. He’s such a formidable man. I had to go to Idris and tell him my vision for the entire journey with Roland and the ka-tet. 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. He had a unique vision for who Roland would be.”

Stephen King, in the same interview, added that, when he was writing the stories he visualised Clint Eastwood in the role. “I loved the Spaghetti Westerns and all those widescreen close-ups of his face, especially the ones where he’d been left out in the desert and was all covered with blisters and sunburn. I thought, ‘That’s my Roland.’" However, as the years went by, King added, "[the character] became a more particular individual in my own mind, “He wasn’t Eastwood anymore. He was just … Roland. For me the character is still the character. It’s almost a Sergio Leone character, like ‘the man with no name'.”

On casting Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, even Stephen King said he never had a clear image of the man in black’s face, “I never really thought of him, But [in the movie] he becomes a character who isn’t just a mirage that Roland is chasing. The way things are set up, he’s right there.” Arcel added that it was the "shapeshifting quality" of McConaughey's acting that drew him, saying“Matthew is an incredible actor who can do anything."

The film will start shooting in South Africa in seven weeks, and its cinema release is planned for Jan. 13, 2017.

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