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First official look at Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in The Dark Tower

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There have been some photos from the set of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, but now we have the first official images of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

Idris Elba is Roland Deschain (The Gunslinger) while Matthew McConaughey is Randall Flagg (The Man in Black). The film also stars Abbey Lee as Tirana, Tom Taylor as young Jake Chambers,  Fran Kranz as Pimli, and Katheryn Winnick.

“When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost,” says Elba. “He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s… coiled.”

“I was thrilled. I was thrilled to get this job. I was thrilled because, you know, it’s an alternative to what you could say, what Roland is described as.”

“It’s better just to treat it like no big deal. There should be no difference. The character that was written in Stephen’s imagination, it could be any colour. It just happens to be me and, you know? In the artwork, it just so happens to be a white guy, but I don’t think that makes any difference. … I think what’s great about it, if I want to say anything about it, is that it is a sign of the times in terms of a colourless society. People go, ‘A good actor is a good actor,’ you know?”

“There’s a mystical element to him,” Elba says about Roland. “He’s about 200 years old. He’s been around for a long time, and has a deep-rooted connection with the [supernatural] nature of the film. Roland’s completely tuned into that. When you meet him, he’s very much a stoic man, doesn’t want to talk. But when you get to know him, he really knows quite a bit about the world and his world’s history.”

“Well, he is a man, actually,” McConaughey says of the villain. “They wanted to go very human and grounded with this. Obviously there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter. But we didn’t want to go overly fantastic. That would drop the humanity. So Walter, for me, is a man who exposes hypocrisies.”

It is a huge series – eight novels, assorted comic books and short stories – so it is going to be a tough one to adapt. However, King and director Nikolaj Arcel, recently spoke about the adaptation. King says the movie will open with the first line from the first book. “It should start that way,” he says. “I’ve been pretty insistent about that.” However, the first film will not adapt the plot of the first book, The Gunslinger, published in 1982.

King talks more about that here.

The Dark Tower arrives in cinemas on 17th February 2017.

EW had the images.

The Dark Tower (2017) L to R: Director Nikolaj Arcel, Tom Taylor and Idris Elba on the set

The Dark Tower (2017)
L to R: Director Nikolaj Arcel, Tom Taylor and Idris Elba on the set

The Dark Tower (2017) Matthew McConaughey

The Dark Tower (2017)
Matthew McConaughey

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The Dark Tower (2017) Idris Elba June 18, 2016 - Cape Town, South Africa Photograph by Marco Grob

The Dark Tower (2017)
Photograph by Marco Grob

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