Jake Chambers Casting Rumors

March 11, 2016

in Casting

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.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for more British actors appearing in big budget Hollywood movies – heck, I’m a brit myself – but really, a British Jake Chambers!?!

Let’s just hope they can hook Taylor up with a miracle working voice coach, and hope too that the kid actually has the talent talk American.

For now this is still just a rumor – and we’ve had plenty of those over the years – so until Mr. King sends us a tweet, we’ll have to take it for what it is.

The Variety article doesn’t really say much about this news, but if you’re interested you can read it here.

If you’re interested in knowing what Tom Taylor looks like, Entertainment Weekly has a good photo.

Entertainment Weekly photo of Tom Taylor

Brendon Shields April 29, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Roland definitely was not black. None of the gunslingers were. It was a surprise to the people rivercrossing to see susannah. Ive waited too long for this. Dont fuck it up.

Jesse Barondeau May 15, 2016 at 11:59 am

Don’t care if they are Brits, Swedes, or Australians. Anyone can adopt a different accent. Just keep them somewhere close to the description of the characters in the books. As stated above, race is a specific factor in many of the parts of this book. It’s set in a classic Western setting within a Sci-Fi. Don’t be racist. But please recognize that people are different races.

Scott D. Briggs July 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm

I somehow only heard the past two days that The Dark Tower film
was underway and filming, after all the previous delays and issues.
I’m delighted to hear it, and all, but I have to say, I am a bit surprised
that we now have a black Roland. I mean, I do not intend this to be
racist in ANY way, I’m just saying, I’ve been a King fan from day one,
and a Dark Tower fan from Day One, particularly the earlier books in the
series, and this casting just doesn’t fit with my own mental image of
Roland from the books, period. Or the milieu and world that he hails
from. I’m sure Edris is a wonderful actor and have heard that he is,
and I’m also sure Matt will kick butt as Randall Flagg, without a doubt.
I just despair a bit at having too many people in Hollywood tamper
with, and alter the original books and property so drastically with this
type of major change to a major character (THE major character).
I don’t mean that a black or non-white Roland couldn’t be great, maybe
he could, but I’m talking about messing too much with the original
as it stands. That’s all I’m saying. It distresses me because I mean
this in the broader sense of Hollywood usually makes a mess out
of classics like this. And it’s nonsense that you can’t be faithful
to a novel, or novels. It’s been done. It can be done. Although
yes, in this case, we have a large number of books and stories
in the series to somehow get through if it’s ever to be more than
just a film or two of the first two or three novels. I also cannot
stand the idea of in-between TV miniseries tie-ins since they almost
always ROT, ok? Let’s get real here. Salem’s Lot 1979 was a rare,
rare, exception, especially for a King property.
I don’t mean to get into a whole debate, but reading of these
casting and filming in NYC revelations today, I was a bit taken
aback. I pray this will be great, but I just already have my doubts
just given the radical liberties taken with the casting and changes
to the novels. I mean, for another example, in Drawing of the Three,
King makes a major supporting character a disabled black woman for
SPECIFIC REASONS. You could change that casting, let’s say,
to her being white, Asian, or whatever, or Latina, let’s say, but
what I’m saying is, you’re messing with King’s vision of the original
classic novels and tales of The Gunslinger. Mess with it too much,
and IT’S NOT THE GUNSLINGER/DARK TOWER.
But then again, I hate and despise most of the utter junk
coming out of Hollywood these days (particularly over the past
15 years or under), so my expectations that this film or series
will be great, are already greatly attenuated. I hate to sound
so negative and cynical about it, but I must. Plus there’s a massively
troubled production and development history for The Dark Tower
for it to surmount, but I’m judging it on how the actual final
product will turn out, or is starting to. And taking such radical
liberties with the casting is a bad sign, in my opinion. Again,
not for race reasons, but for the “messing with the original”
reasons. Could Star Wars have been just as great with a black
actor playing Luke? OF COURSE it could have been. But that,
in this case, is definitely not the point and beside the point.
I’ll be eager to see how this all pans out and if the final film
is great, or a disaster. I really do hope it’s great. But this is
disturbing me already. I normally wouldn’t care at all if they
made such a radical change to the race or whatever identity
to a well-known literary character adapted to film, but this seems
a bit bizarre to me. I also can well understand why Matt M.
would choose instead to play Randy Flagg, but I’m starting to now wish
he’d chosen to play Roland as he was originally offered to.
I’m sure he would’ve been the ideal Roland, somehow, or AN
ideal Roland (as imagined by King and many of his fans).