Earlier in the week Sony announced that principle filming had started on their Dark Tower movie franchise – this made for a great birthday present for yours truly!

I guess with such a big franchise Sony are unlikely to want any photo’s or other info leaked until later in the year, but still, I have my fingers crossed they’ll tease us with something soon. [continue reading and comment…]

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Dark Tower. Just days after the announcement that Idris Elba will play the lead role, Variety are claiming that the role of Jake Chambers will be taken up by the mostly unknown youngster, Tom Taylor (BBC’s Doctor Foster).

If you thought the casting for the Dark Tower was becoming a bit strange (first casting a Brit in the lead role), then certainly casting another Brit in the role of a New York kid is probably the strangest news yet! Maybe the recent invasion of British actors into big budget productions such as Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, has the DT folks thinking it’ll work for this movie too. Who knows, though I’m not convinced myself. [continue reading and comment…]

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Idris Elba (DFID Ebola Conference)

Over the last few months there’s been various unofficial announcements for who will take on the roles of the Gunslinger and the Man in Black in the Dark Tower movies. It’s been interesting to follow the media, especially the controversy around the choice for that lead role, but finally we’ve received an official announcement. On March 1, 2016, Stephen King himself tweeted:

It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. #DarkTowerMovie @McConaughey @IdrisElba

So there you have it, our two main protagonist are cast: Idris Elba will take on the role of Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey will be his nemesis, the Man in Black. [continue reading and comment…]

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This last week brought some interesting casting news, and perhaps the final indication we need that Sony are really going ahead with their Dark Tower movie franchise. The news broke on Monday that Matthew McConaughey was offered the lead role of The Gunslinger.

Multiple individuals familiar with the situation“, leaked the news to TheWrap*, so we should perhaps take this information with a pinch of salt until we get something more official from a Sony or Imagine Entertainment representative.

The individuals are saying that McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, HBO’s True Detective) was not only offered the lead role, but also that of the Man in Black, and they’re saying that he’s actually leaning toward that role! You’d think the lead role of Roland would hold a stronger appeal, but it’s not unusual for actors to prefer more villainous roles, and of course the commitment would be somewhat less than that of the Gunslinger.

This is the first real news regarding casting since Sony took over the project back in April, but with the January 2017 release date just a little over a year away, they need to get a move on.

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