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Michael Rooker shares images from cancelled The Dark Tower series, confirming who he would have played

August 16th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Guardians of the Galaxy and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer star Michael Rooker has shared images from the pilot episode of the never picked up Dark Tower series and it’s really just salt in the wound.

The series – which had nothing to do with the disastrous movie – was set to pilot by Amazon Prime and would have been a true adaptation of Stephen King’s incredible series of books, starting with the (chronologically) first story in the sage, Wizard and Glass (Book IV) which would see our protagonist, Roland Deschain, as a young man earning the title of Gunslinger in a world on the verge of catastrophe.

We learned that Eastenders star Sam Strike would play Roland, while BlackkKlansman and Vikings star Jasper Paakkonen would be his timeless enemy, The Man In Black AKA Walter O’Dim AKA Randall Flagg AKA The Walkin’ Dude. Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn has been cast in an unspecified role while Rooker was, at the time cast in an unspecified role.

While there was much speculation about who Rooker would play, the star has now confirmed on a series of posts on Facebook (below) that he was playing Eldred Jonas, the leader of the Big Coffin Hunters.

In Wizard and Glass Jonas’ group are a bunch of hired guns who rule the west with Jonas being a once Gunslinger himself who turned to a life of crime and becomes an instrumental wheel in the creation of Roland becoming the one man who can save all of reality.

Showrunner Glen Mazzara talked about the show and what it would have been (here) which just adds more insult to injury.

Rooker would have been a superb choice for Jonas and the entire cast was shaping up nicely. King’s saga is my favourite book series of all time (in fact, it could be argued that all King’s books are part of the story), so this series had me beyond excited, so imagine my disappointment when it was cancelled (here).

Still, I live in hope that Netflix, Apple or another of the many streamers our there will see the worth in the tale and bring it to our screens.

Meanwhile, cast your eyes on Rooker as Eldred Jonas (below) and let me know all your thoughts.

A blast from recent past… on the set of Dark Tower.

Edit: This is NOT from the movie. Click the link below for more photos.

#TheDarkTower#EldredJonas Edit: The Dark Tower series from Amazon Studios was canceled. These photos are from behind the scenes of the pilot episode.

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Posted by Michael Rooker on Sunday, 16 August 2020

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….