We’ve already seen plenty of photos of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey on the New YBork City set of “The Dark Tower,” but now we get a look at the first official images from the Stephen King fantasy epic.
The two stars grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con International preview issue, which includes an extensive report from the magazine’s visit to the Cape Town, South Africa, set.
“When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost,” Elba tells EW. “He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s… coiled.”
Based on King’s epic tale, which so far spans eight novels and numerous short stories and comic books, the long-brewing project is ambitious, to say the least. The plan calls for a big-screen trilogy, with interlocking television miniseries.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a screenplay by Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, the movie isn’t directly adapted from King’s 1982 novel “The Gunslinger,” but rather, in the author’s words, it begins “in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning.”
Opening Feb. 17, 2017, “The Dark Tower” also stars Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Tom Taylor, Fran Kranz, Claudia Kim and Jackie Earle Haley.
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