We're still a little ways off from finally seeing Roland Deschain's last journey to "The Dark Tower," but at least the man playing him revealed that production is going along smoothly. Responding to a fan asking about the status of the long-gestated Stephen King adaptation, Idris Elba ("Thor," "Luther," "Prometheus") tweeted yesterday that he's finished filming his role, and that he recently spoke with director Nikolaj Arcel. Check it out below.
I'm done filming, spoke to the director the other day and he said the edit is coming along really well. �� https://t.co/HJzUnAkmZs
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) August 28, 2016
A mix of horror, fantasy, sci-fi and western influences, "The Dark Tower" series tells the story of Deschain, "The Gunslinger," as he makes his way across the decaying "Mid-World" armed with a pair of revolvers in search of a mysterious antagonist, and the tower that serves as a portal through space and time.
It's been nearly a decade since plans to adapt the master of horror's epic story, running through directors J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") and Ron Howard ("Apollo 13," "The Da Vinci Code") as well as a litany of rumored lead actors including Viggo Mortensen, Javier Bardem, Russell Crowe, and Liam Neeson. The role of Deschain finally ended up with Elba, with Matthew McConaughey starring opposite him as the fan favorite villain, Randall Flagg aka The Man in Black. Also starring Abbie Lee Kershaw, Tom Taylor and Jackie Earle Haley, "The Dark Tower" finally hits theaters on February 17, 2017.