Idris Elba’s Gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey’s The Man in Black dominate the new poster for The Dark Tower, as our world collides with theirs.
The much delayed (and highly anticipated) film sees The Gunslinger wandering the Old West-like wastes of Mid-World as he pursues Devil-incarnate The Man in Black and searches for the Dark Tower, in the hopes of ensuring the survival of his dying world. Rather than directly following the stories laid out in one or all of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books, the film is something of an amalgamation-cum-continuation of The Gunslinger’s journey, walking its own path within the book series’ universe.
The film co-stars Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley and Katheryn Winnick, under the direction of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo scripter Nikolaj Arcel. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing the film under their Imagine Entertainment banner, together with Stephen King and Erica Huggins.
The recent full trailer for The Dark Tower contained nods to both The Shining and It, kicking off the multiple tie-ins we can expect to see in numerous upcoming adaptations of King’s work, and marking the beginning of the most exciting cinematic ‘expanded universe’ yet.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)