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.