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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.

* Follow this link to read TheWrap exclusive

37 responses

  1. If I have to pick I would much rather see him as The man in Black than Long, Tall and Ugly. Although I’m not sure if I like him as the man in black either but as I type this sentence out I’m slowly warming up to it. He could probably pull it off. However since we are taking this information with a grain of salt I will wait for a more… “Official” word on the subject.

    Aloenam – November 22nd,  2015
  2. I’d see him rather more as an Eddie than a Roland and/or the man in black… but does not matter as long as they make the movie(s) :)

    Roger – November 23rd,  2015
  3. Cast Clint Eastwood and his son as Roland!! Use Clint for the later years, and his son to show back stories!!

    PLEASE!!!! – November 24th, 2015
  4. Since M. McConaughey is expected to be Randall Flagg for “The Stand”, it would make sense that he would be the man in black in the DT. This would highlight the connection between the two.

    Sylvain – November 25th, 2015
  5. Karl Urban would make a great Roland, watch his performance in Priest if you have any doubts.

    Mike – November 25th, 2015
  6. @ any rate we should expect western styled actors to be present ………hence the idea of using old antics with new actors as mentioned above…..these books deserve a “trilogy” approach….I afraid that only SK fans would appreciate …………………………..

    Darwin – November 27th, 2015
  7. Note to any producer…if you use an actor to portray a character in one film, and then change that actor with another, you ruin the whole idea of the film. Ron Howard should know this. who ever Roland may be, Eddie Dean, …or Detta Walker for that matter, lets make sure they remain the same people through out the whole freaking trilogy.

    Darwin – November 27th, 2015
  8. but…….Roland D….. I would suggest Viggo Mortensen…..the old tall, dark, and ugly from TLOFT trilogy…….

    Darwin – November 27th, 2015
  9. Jensen Ackles should play Roland

    Faith – December 2nd,  2015
  10. I’m not too enthused about the idea of McCon. playing either role. This just shows that Sony is trying to appeal to a mainstream audience and not taking the production of the film seriously. Can someone please explain to them that this film is based off of gothic literature and not some rudy-pooh teen fiction series? True fans of TDT are not interested in Seeing their baby adapted into the next Divergent series. If Sony wants to cast a mainstream actor, I’m fine with Viggo, Hugh Jackman, or even Andy Lincoln. Roland is not an overly charismatic character, so an actor with a colder demeanor would be best for the role.

    Jeremiah – December 2nd,  2015
  11. I can’t recall his name, but how about the actor who plays the character Jaime Lannister on AGOT? There is something despicable about him by nature, or maybe it’s the role that he plays. Either way, you have the perfect anti-hero with that guy…I could see him pulling off Roland or the man in black…and the ladies wouldn’t mind, if that’s your agenda, Sony… I could see Jaime playing the role of Eddie too…pick your poison.

    Jeremiah – December 2nd,  2015
  12. Forget movies, they should make Dark Tower into an open-world game like “Grand Theft Auto” or sum such. Who wouldn’t want to be a gunslinger in that world and on their own personal journey to The Tower? I’ll be a waiting under the mountains for youse.

    Slow Mutant – December 3rd,  2015
  13. Ok, mcconaghuey could be great in either role, but no way to every other suggestion I’ve heard. Karl urban is terrible, dredd proves that. Jensen ackles is a soap actor with nowhere near the skill needed, viggo maybe but he’s too pretty… If they can’t get Christian bale then go back to bardem or even josh brolin but don’t pick a pretty boy please! Roland is the hardass of all time and he needs to be able to act

    Forgetful Jones – December 5th, 2015
  14. I have only ever imagined and seen Clint Eastwood as Roland.

    Ed – December 7th, 2015
  15. I can’t stomach Matthew McConaughey. If he has to be there, give him the smallest role possible. If he is the Gunslinger, I probably will not see the movie. And that’s a shame, because I loved the books!

    Chuck in the DE – December 11th, 2015
  16. Soooo….. Idris Elba as Roland is the latest rumor, and it has some credibility to it. He’s a great actor and all, but does he fit the character? I was thinking along the lines of Josh Brolin from No Country for Old Men. Thoughts?

    frozensolid_702 – December 19th, 2015
  17. Sylvain and Jeremiah definitely won this thread.

    Excellent points, both of you!

    Oy – December 19th, 2015
  18. Anson Mount is the one to play Roland. They be making a mistake if they did offer it to him. he has already said if offered he would take the part.

    Jennifer Sutley – December 29th, 2015
  19. Just got a look at some pictures on the web. Why not Peter Billingsley as Roland?

    bwFrampton – January 3rd,  2016
  20. What you think of Josh Duhamel ad Roland?

    Marcus Hansen – January 3rd,  2016
  21. I still believe Timothy Olyphant would Make a Great Roland not sure why everyone whats javier bardem, or viggio both of these men cant be roland they just dont have that look. Tall and slimm and a mean stare, Thats Roland, Like a rough beef jerkey out in the sun to long. I you look at Olyphants work in Justified its a dead ringer. All other positions will fall as they may. Not every fan will be happy with any decision. It would just be sad to see the roll of roland go to someone thats not what he was written about, We would all love for mister east wood to go back in time and play roland but we cant. I am very scared for this project it means so much to so many ture readers like my self. I just hope they dont messit up to much. It would be amazing to see these heros come to life.

    Ka is a wheel – January 8th, 2016
  22. Why is no one looking at J. Depp for the role of Roland. Roland is a weird dude. No one does weird dude like Depp.

    Andy the Robot – January 10th, 2016

    BEN – January 15th, 2016
  24. Kevin James would make the PERFECT Roland. Have you seen the Paul Blart movies? Now there’s a gunslinger!

    Bango Skank – January 17th, 2016
  25. I’ve been on “The Dark Tower” ride since the week of the initial release of book 1. I’ve read the entire series more then a dozen times, and some of the books even more.

    But, if Idris Alba is cast as Roland . . . I will NOT enter a theatre for this bastardized adulteration of this incredible series into movie form.

    Slinger – February 5th, 2016
  26. Timothy Oliphant would be perfect as Roland. The walk and the look.

    Rick Ramirez – February 9th, 2016
  27. Slinger,

    In my opinion that’s cause for concern. I suppose we should have expected this since Javier was one of the actors offered the lead role. To “their” credit at least Javier would’ve made more sense than Idris. However Idris Alba changes the entire dynamic of the story. If you give him the lead you completely take away from Susanna’s character. As Detta Walker, she hated Eddie and mostly Roland because they were white. To her they represented everything negative about white culture and she wanted to kill them. She even referred to them as honky voodoo Mu-Fuz and that changes if Idris is cast as Roland. Furthermore her romance with Eddie represented growth for her character. By having a black lead you are basically forced to rewrite her entire character and part of both Eddies and Roland’s as well. I’m all for diversity but when you have to rewrite a story to allow for it then it just doesn’t make much sense to me to cast that individual in the first place. That being said, have the people in charge of casting even read the story??? Shouldn’t they know better??? This is nothing more than change for the sake of change.

    This move simply makes no sense to me at all. If there is someone who can convince me otherwise please do so. I’d like to hear what you think.

    Aloenam – February 11th, 2016
  28. Idris , no doubt is a great actor, but for Rolland I just don’t understand how, the dynamic between Rolland and Detta walker would be totally gone, How do you remove that from this story, Its Detta who see Rolland as the devil and how he is death him self, totally confused on why he would be even cast,

    Ka is a wheel – February 15th, 2016
  29. is this done for a shock value maybe to draw a crowd to be interested, Susanna is a lead roll, could you change her to a white actor,????? it just doesn’t work

    Ka is a wheel – February 15th, 2016
  30. Idris Elba is a great actor but as Roland Deschain a big big resounding NO. With all the talent to choose from why did they go with him? Soooooooo disappointed. Having read all the books like so many people I had an image of Roland. Never gonna watch this movie / series and destroy the fantasy. Sony is pony.

    Roland 19 – February 27th, 2016
  31. So, it’s official now. It’s over before it begun. Oh, Discordia! Disappointing to say the very least.

    Bango Skank – February 27th, 2016
  32. If Idris was white you would all love his casting and applaud the production. Yes this makes you racist regardless of the excuse. Did you ever really think a major studio was going to keep the Detta character as written? Who would even want to play such a cliche character?

    But you guys are right. Obviously the director, writers, and Stephen King himself just don’t understand how the character dynamic works. Your the genius who should explain it to them. Its obvious how this will play out yes? Get it? Jeeze people.

    BC – March 4th, 2016
  33. BC, don’t be an idiot. It’s not racist to want a white actor to play a character that is white. If Roland being white had no bearing at all on the story, I wouldn’t have much of a problem with it. But Roland being a “honky mahfuh” is a fairly important aspect of Odetta/Detta’s storyline. I’m only upset that a black guy is playing Roland because it means that the story on the screen won’t be the same one that I’ve read several times over.

    I’ll still see it and maybe even like it, but not as much as I would have hoped.

    Bango Skank – March 6th, 2016
  34. Like many others i always saw a Hang Em High Clint Eastwood type, and I actually had concerns when i heard Idris was being cast for the part of Roland. And the first thing that came to mind was with him beind a black male how would the conflict with Detta and the Honky Muh F*** going to play out. Thinking about it at first was that there would have to be major rewrites due to a Black Roland, But Then i realized that the delusional mind of Detta Walker was just that, a delusion. In delusional state of mind she sees what she wants to see. She believed that she was being raped by Roland and Eddie while she slept, and it was just a delusional thought.

    So with that said, the acting skills of Idris Alba can easily pull it off. Then reading this statement by Sai King himself helped clear any other doubts

    On the character of Roland, King noted: “For me the character is still the character. It’s almost a Sergio Leone character, like the Man with No Name, while remarking, “He can be white or black, it makes no difference to me. I think it opens all kind of exciting possibilities for the backstory.

    Just my opinion

    Bishop_1207 – March 27th, 2016
  35. I can’t believe some of the people that are being suggest for “old long, tall and ugly”. I have never seen any of Idris Elbas work and he may be a fine actor but he doesn’t have THE LOOK ok Roland. I have read the books multiple times and am n I w listening to the audio version but don’t believe I’ve seen any current actor capable of doing that role justice. I say that Stephevn King wrote these books and has an intimate relationship with Roland so why not let him be instrumental in casting the role of Roland Deschain.

    J.J. – April 4th, 2016
  36. Oh, I get it now. It is as if Roland the Persona had decided for this to happen.

    Soletayr – April 26th, 2016
  37. Wow!!!!Holy crap!!! I am elated to say the least, the d.t. stories are my favorite of stephen king’s stories. I get lost in all his books, but, Rowland has me mesmerized, I never pictured him to be an African american, but, I trust they will pick only the best to portray this story. I can’t wait for 2017, I will be one of the first in line.

    Rebeccabrown – June 21st,  2016