After what seems like years of waiting, the first official look at the eagerly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s The
Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond) stars in the lead role as Roland Deschain who is “on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save all existence from extinction.” But in hot pursuit is vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey), an evil sorcerer who stands in his way.
The film has taken quite a while to make it onto the big screen, even with the delays to the new interpretation that set it back from its original February 2017 release. Indeed, in 2007 it was looking like J.J. Abrams was set to write and direct the film before leaving the project in 2009. Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) then came onboard as the new director but he too left the process. In 2015, acclaimed director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) signed on as a director, with Howard and his producing partner Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman producing the film with King himself.
Here’s the synopsis:
Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
Alongside Elba and McConaughey, Kathryn Winnick (Vikings), Abbey Lee (The Neon Demon), Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster), and Jackie Earl Haley (Watchmen) co-star.
The Dark Tower is scheduled for release on August 4th.