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Has The Gunslinger been found for the movie version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower?

December 10th, 2015 by Marc Comments


With us all at FTN excited or the coming or Roland of Gilead, the Gunslinger from Stephen King’s masterpiece series, The Dark Tower, we’re waiting patiently to see who will play the role.

And with news that Matthew McConaughey was attached to the movie, we reckon it’s a safe choice he’ll be the villainous Randall Flagg (here) so who will play Roland?

In the books Roland is clearly modelled on Clint Eastwood’s Man With No name and, in the past, actors like Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem have been rumoured in the role. But now it seems a new actor has emerged as the favourite.

Yes, it seems that Idris Elba is now the frontrunner to play the Gunslinger.

Roland could certainly do with the Luthor (Elba’s famous TV persona) attitude and he has the physical presence to play him, however Roland was always written as an older, white man, so the casting is unexpected but as we said, we could certainly see Elba’s presence in the role.

Let us know what you think, guys.

Director Nikolaj Arcel, who co-wrote the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and directed A Royal Affair will direct the first movie while Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner are writing the screenplay which covers the first of eight books in King’s series. A TV series is in development to run alongside the movie(s).

The Dark Tower is currently set for release on January 13, 2017.

Source: Comingsoon

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….