Following rumors that Idris Elba was up for Roland Deschain in the upcoming film adaptation, “The Dark Tower” author Stephen King set the record straight on how he believes the part should be portrayed in response fans who objected that the gunslinger might be reimagined as a black man.
To me, the color of the gunslinger doesn’t matter. What I care about is how fast he can draw…and that he takes care of the ka-tet.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 12, 2015
A fan-favorite due to roles such as BBC crime drama “Luther,” there has long been support for Elba as a potential candidate to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond. The role of Roland Deschain could place him at the head of a different franchise, as Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital hope for “The Dark Tower,” based on a series of eight western-fantasy novels, to be the first of multiple films.
Matthew McConaughey is currently in talks to play The Man In Black, one of the series’ villains. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”), “The Dark Tower” has a release date of Jan. 13, 2017.
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