With director Nikolaj Arcel set to take the helm, and Sony issuing a January 13, 2017 release date for their highly-anticipated adaptation of The Dark Tower, casting is now under way. The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the studio is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to star, with the actor being offered two roles, the main character Roland Deschain and the villainous Randall Flagg, a.k.a. The Man in Black. The Wrap claims that the actor is "leaning" towards the Randall Flagg role, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Back in 2011, when the project was set up at Universal Pictures, Javier Bardem was eyed to play Roland Deschain, but the studio ended up dropping the ambitious project just a few months later. The plan was to make a trilogy of movies, with two limited-run TV series set to air on NBC in between the films. Warner Bros. was then eyeing the project, but they eventually passed, and the project appeared to be dead, when Sony Pictures picked up the rights back in April. Sony will be teaming with Media Rights Capital to co-finance the movies, with a "complimentary" TV series also being planned. It isn't clear if the TV series will feature either Roland Deschain or Randall Flagg, or if it will follow secondary characters in this universe.
The Dark Tower is based on Stephen King's series of seven novels, which follows Roland Deschain, a.k.a. The Gunslinger, who sets off on a journey to find The Dark Tower, which is rumored to be a portal to other worlds. This movie adaptation will be based on the author's first novel in this series, The Gunslinger, which centers on Roland's relationship with a young boy named Jake, who is from a different time and place. Randall Flagg is the primary villain in the novels, who tries to stop Roland from reaching The Dark Tower.
Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) is directing from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), based on Stephen King's novels. Ron Howard, who was initially set to direct The Dark Tower, is now producing alongside Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins. It isn't known when production may begin at this time.
Matthew McConaughey will next be seen in The Free State of Jones, which hits theaters on May 13, 2016. It was rumored last year that the actor was locked in for another Stephen King adaptation, The Stand, but his involvement was never confirmed, and The Dark Tower is farther along in development and will start production before The Stand. Do you think Matthew McConaughey should play Roland Deschain or Randall Flagg in The Dark Tower?