Just last month, we heard that Matthew McConaughey was offered to play a villain role in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. Now, the film has a front-runner to land the lead role of Roland Deschain in the film: Idris Elba (Luther, Pacific Rim).
The news came from Deadline, and according to the report, no deal has been made yet. King wrote Deschain as a White man — at least that's how he is depicted in the book cover illustrations — but with his stellar performances in the BBC series Luther, I think he would be great for the role.
Nikolaj Arcel is directing the The Dark Tower, and it's expected to be the first of a series of films based on King's popular book series. Deadline adds, "First installment of The Dark Tower focuses on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, establishing the relationship between Roland and young protege Jake Chambers."
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World's last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World's post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it. - (stephenking.com)
The Dark Tower is set to open in theaters on January 23, 2017. Would you like to see Idris Elba take the role of Roland Deschain? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.