Fellow constant readers, we are all too familiar with Stephen King’s opus The Dark Tower. We’ve journeyed across the cursed land with Roland and his Ka-tet, and learned the secrets of the titular Dark Tower. For us, this film has been a long time coming.
Teased, tossed around studios, and no doubt dreamt of for ages, a film adaptation of the epic saga seemed as mythical as its source material. Now, after over 30 years from the release of the first book in the series, we have a trailer for the cinematic version of The Dark Tower. Finally, those too intimidated by the massive undertaking that reading the novles entails can learn the faces of their fathers. Check out the trailer below!
The trailer gives us our first proper look at Idris Elba’s take on Roland Deschain. Looks like all the doubters were worried over nothing as Elba wears that duster and reloads those six-shooters like a proper gunslinger. We also get to see more of Matthew Mcconaughey as Roland’s quarry, the man in black, aka Randall Flagg. There is also insight to the first member of the Ka-Tet, Jake. Played by Tom Taylor, Jake Chambers is Roland’s friend and emotional outlet.
The trailer makes it seem like we’ll be spending more time in modern day New York than in the novels, but director Nikolaj Arcel, and King himself, have let us know about the deviations from the outset so it should come as no surprise that the film we see in the trailer differs significantly from the novles. If you are a fan of The Dark Tower, and a constant reader, these changes to the source material makes sense.
I don’t know about you geeks, but I am stoked for this movie. Having read the series twice, and as a fan of many of Stephen King’s film adaptaions, I can’t wait to see what this new story offers. Will you be following the Beam when The Dark Tower releases on August 4th 2017? What is your favorite book in the series? Wizard and Glass is mine. Let us know what you think of the trailer in the comments below.