It may seem hard to believe that one of Stephen King’s best-known works has never been adapted for film until now, but next year’s highly anticipated “The Dark Tower” stands as the first film version of the endlessly prolific author’s eight-novel series. Matthew McConaughey is playing the iconic Man in Black in Nikolaj Arcel’s film, with Idris Elba as the Gunslinger; Entertainment Weekly has early looks at both characters.
“They wanted to go very human and grounded with this,” McConaughey says of his character, whose actual name is Walter. “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.” Then he quotes Black Sabbath lyrics, because of course he does.
Speaking of the Gunslinger, who’s been depicted as white in artwork for the books, Elba says that “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 colorless society. People go, ‘A good actor is a good actor,’ you know?” Read more about “The Dark Tower,” which is out on February 17 of next year, at EW.