Our First Official Look at The Gunslinger and Man in Black in ‘The Dark Tower’ Revealed

By July 14, 2016

Director Nikolaj Arcel’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series has been in production for several months now, and following various set photos revealing not only mysterious locations from the novels, but also Idris Elba’s Roland Deschain (The Gunslinger) and Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black (Walter) – the first official photos of the characters and the movie have finally been revealed online.

I should say right away that both McConaughey and Elba look exactly like they did in the set photos we saw of them, so there’s not all that much more to be excited about, other than our first glimpse into some of the movie’s sets and locations as well. That, and the fact that this movie is actually happening finally, and these are our first “official” photos from the production anyways.

Check out the images below, from Entertainment Weekly‘s San Diego Comic-Con issue:

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That last image of McConaughey’s Man in Black walking into the Dixie Pig, a New York City hideaway for bloodsuckers, monsters, and spellcasters, might be my favorite look we’ve gotten at the film yet A fantastic villain on the page as well, it sounds like McConaughey’s got a very interesting love for Walter:

“You know, he’s not literally the Devil, but I sure as hell think about him like the Devil. I think like the Devil would. There’s a great Black Sabbath line that fits the guy very well. Follow me now / and you will not regret / leaving the life you led / before we met.”

In regards to Elba’s Gunslinger, McConaughey says that the Man in Black doesn’t reciprocate Roland’s hate towards him, who blames The Man in Black for the loss of everything he loves dear, where Walter instead sees him as the only true adversary he’s ever had:

“I revere him. He’s really the only true adversary I have. I expose hypocrisies, and he’s the closest to pure there is. It’s his persistent, resilience to be good and altruistic. He’s very precious to me. I almost don’t want to see him go. So many times I’m just pumping him up, through sorcery, almost like the man in the corner of the ring for a boxer. ‘Come on … you can do this … stay in the game,’ because I want to keep him, I want to keep his vengeance to find me. I want to keep that very vital, you know? My want, my need, my mission is to bring down the Tower. My love, my adoration, my muse, my shadow, is Roland.”

The film will pick up with Roland having been on the chase for Walter for quite a long time, and the Man in Black bored by his quest, hiding out in a neighborhood in one of the many realms. That is, until they both learn of a young boy named Jake Chambers, who possesses the power called “The Shine,” which allows him to break down the trans-dimensional barriers holding the Tower together, the building that is the central hub of all the realms, which the Man in Black is on a mission to shatter and destroy.

As was previously assumed and confirmed as well, the movie is a very loose adaptation of King’s novels, not sticking to the storyline or timeline of events the same way they do in the novel, but it sounds like the filmmakers have crafted a faithful and condensed, cinematic story for the film nonetheless. Based on King’s excitement alone as well, in addition to the fantastic cast, I’m just excited knowing that this movie is coming at all.

The Dark Tower will be released in theatres on February 17th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable