Matthew McConaughey to Pick Between Hero or Villain in Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’

By November 16, 2015
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One of my favorite properties that has yet to make a move to the big screen is Stephen King’s epic series of books The Dark Tower. If you haven’t read any of the series, stop. Right now. Head on over to Barnes and Noble or go online to Amazon. Remedy that situation now. It’s an amazing series so in need of an epic transfer, it’s stunning to me that it hasn’t already been green lit.

Well, that is all about to change thanks to a new report from Jeff Sneider over at theWrap.  Looks like Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been offed a starring role in the anticipated King adaptation:

Matthew McConaughey is being eyed to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s “The Dark Tower,” multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap. While insiders insist it’s early and neither side has committed, they admit preliminary discussions have taken place and both parties are interested in striking a deal. 

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As the theWrap points out, McConaughey is looking to take on the lead role, that of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Which is perfect casting if you ask me. If you look at that image above, and picture the various roles McConaughey has played over the past few years, it’s a no brainer. I can see him in my mind’s eye, no doubt.

But hold the phone, another report, from Variety this time, comes to us with an entirely different spin to it! According to Justin Kroll, Variety’s film reporter,  McConaughey isn’t actually interested in Roland, instead, has his sights dead set on playing the villain role, or as he is known to us Gunslinger fans –  The Man in Black. According to Variety:

Sources tell Variety that Sony wants McConaughey to play Walter Padick — aka the Man in Black — in Sony and MRC’s adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” franchise. McConaughey has just received the script and has not decided yet if he will star.

Some back story about the characters, the Man in Black or Padick, is a dark sorcerer the gunslinger Deschain pursues in the very first novel of the series.

The first book, “The Gunslinger,” has already been adapted by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Goldsman and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins will produce. Pinkner will exec produce.

Sony will distribute the pic, and the plan is for “The Gunslinger” to be the first in a series of films. MRC will also develop a TV series to go along with the film franchise.

Director Nikolaj Arcel is set to helm the picture which already has a release date of January 13th, 2017. I for one cannot wait for this adaptation! No matter who McConaughey picks, his casting alone is a smart move by the filmmakers and studio. Personally, I think McConaughey should sign on for the Man in Black. We’ve yet to see a great villain from him as of late and I definitely think he is due for some sort of breakout role that perfectly flips our perception of him.

As for my Dark Tower fans out there in the Nation, who do you have him as in your mind? Would you like him as the Gunslinger or would you like to see him play bad with a turn as the Man in Black?

No matter what he does decide, as soon as he makes that choice and signs on, I have no doubt the rest of the pieces will fall in to place.

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Mark Reilly
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