Back in April, Sony Pictures announced at CinemaCon that principal photography is under way on their highly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, which is slated for release on February 17, 2017. We've already gotten a few good looks at star Idris Elba as The Gunslinger himself, Roland Deschain, courtesy of photos from the set in South Africa. While we don't know for sure when our first official look at The Gunslinger will debut, Idris Elba took to social media to debut a rather intriguing teaser image over the weekend.
Early on Sunday morning, Idris Elba released a teaser photo on Twitter that said "Remember the Face of Your Father," which also featured a Dark Tower sigil. His tweet stated that, "I am Roland, son of Steven, son of Henry, true descendant of Arthur. And I have not forgotten." It's possible that this teaser image could offer some clarity to a recent revelation from author Stephen King.
Last month, Stephen King revealed that the story will start exactly where the book starts, with his now-iconic line "The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed." However, he also added that the story will then shift to the middle of the story. The author also teased on Twitter last month that, "The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow," which some fans think may mean this movie isn't actually an adaptation of the books, but a sequel to them.
In The Dark Tower books, the phrase "Remember the face of your father" signifies that a character has lost his way, while Idris Elba's statement about Roland being the son of Steven teases The Gunslinger's lineage. There is speculation that the movie could begin with the actual end of The Dark Tower novels, which would explain these changes to the story and characters that have been cast, who weren't introduced until much later in the books. Stephen King and the filmmakers haven't confirmed which of the seven Dark Tower books will be used for this adaptation quite yet.
Idris Elba will be joined by Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, Abbey Lee as Tirana, Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Michael Barbieri as Timmy and Katheryn Winnick in an unspecified role. Nikolaj Arcel is directing from a script by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer producing. Take a look at this teaser photo below, and stay tuned for more on The Dark Tower.