It seems Abbey Lee (above) is in talks to appear as Tirana in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. However, this hasn’t exactly gone down well with fans of the books seeing as it implies that the filmmakers could be taking liberties with the book material already.
Deadline.com (via Squareeyed) reported that since the news of her character was released, fans have been questioning her true identity: “she’s sexy and dangerous, she has fake human skin and cold snake-like eyes. She doesn’t come in until the seventh volume, apparently, but she’s going to be starring in the first film.”
So who exactly will Lee be playing then?
In the book series the character of Tirana is a Can-Toi, which is a race of humanoid creature that also goes by the name of Low Men and she only appears briefly in the seventh volume. So, definitely not a major character in the books.
Could Tirana really be the character that Lee will be playing or is this just a clever cover up to conceal the identity of actual role? Either that or there have been some pretty substantial changes to the action of the book. Only time will tell, so once again the waiting game has begun.
Regardless, we think Lee will be great in The Dark Tower seeing as she has already conquered the role of The Dag in Mad Max: Fury Road. Suffice to say, she’s no stranger to foreign landscapes not to mention the even stranger people.
The Dark Tower will be the first step in bringing Stephen King’s story to the big screen along with a TV series which is currently still in the development stages. Writers Avika Goldman and Jeff Pinker penned the film script from King’s novel, The Gunslinger, whilst working with Nikolaj Arcel.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, the general gist is that Deschain (played by Idris Elba) and his protege Jake Chambers will embark on a quest to find The Tower. Of course, it’ll only be a matter of time before dark forces, including Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black, come into play and invade the tower before destroying it completely.
The film will be released on 13 January 2017 and we’re sure the hype will continue to build in the coming months.