Here’s one to get all you Dark Tower fans excited… young actor Tom Taylor, who plays Jake Chambers in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series by director Nikolaj Arcel, has teased an image from the movie that captures the heart and magic of the tale.
The image (above) features Jake in a run down looking building (more on that in a moment) and the words ‘There are other worlds than these’.
Ok, so SPOILERS from here on in – if you don’t know the story of the books – of which the movie is almost certainly a sequel rather than a straight adaptation (read here for more) – then feel free to ponder what this means.
However, if you have read the books then come with me and let’s palaver for a while.
The words ‘There are other worlds than these’ are very important in the tale of The Dark Tower and Roland Deschain’s (played by Idris Elba) timeless quest. In the first book, The Gunslinger, Roland chases The Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey )across a desert and about halfway through he stops at a way station where he meets a boy called Jake Chambers.
Jake and Roland become friends – more than that, they become almost father and son – but Roland’s desire for the Tower is so great that he sacrifices Jake in order to continue his journey. Jake falls to his death but before he plunges into the darkness, the boy says to Roland: “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”
But Jake’s tale is far from over. You see Jake came from New York in 1977 and had died under the wheels of a car on the way to school. When he died he woke up in the way station, so his words to Roland was a reference to him knowing that there are other worlds, times and dimensions and death is just the beginning.
Later, in the third book, Roland finds Jake again after saving him from being run over in the second book – it’s a big tale – and pulls him into the world of The Dark tower once more – Mid-World – we suspect we’ll see some of this here too (here).
So, that’s the words… but where is Jake standing?
Well, it can be one of two places, really. It could be the way station where the two meet for the first time; it certainly looks like there could be a desert through those doors. but I rather think it’s the mansion on Dutch Hill, New York where Jake passes through to Mid-World for the second time… and the mansion, by the way, is actually a slumbering demon, a guardian between worlds and realities. My belief is that this is why Taylor wrote on the tweet: “Traveller, beyond lies Mid-World”.
Interestingly, the movie will apparently cover elements of all the books, but from what we have seen so far a lot of it will take place during the fifth book, The Wolves of the Calla (here), and in that book we learn that the way station where Roland and Jake are also plays a part in the story of another major character, so this could be a link too.
Only time will tell.
And on that, it seems we’ll probably get a trailer for the movie in October as part of Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest, which is set to run from October 29 -30 in Los Angeles: James Corden, The host of CBS’ The Late Late Show; Oscar-winning actress & director Jodie Foster; First footage from Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER; Emmy-winning showrunner Ryan Murphy and friends; live Anna Faris is Unqualified podcast recording; table read of a new episode from the cast of Happy Endings; a live musical performance by the cast of the CW’s Crazy Ex-girlfriend; live read with the cast of Bob’s Burgers; a conversation between husband-and-wife YA superstars Tahereh Mafi (SHATTER ME) and Ransom Riggs (MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN); author of the Outlander series Diana Gabaldon.
A trailer for The Dark Tower movie at Halloween? Works for us.
While, as a long time fan of King’s eight book story, I have my concerns for this story, I’d be a liar if I said this isn’t exciting me a great deal too.
The Dark Tower is set to open on February 17th, 2017.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylor1607) August 19, 2016