“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed”. If that line doesn’t automatically bring you goosebumps, you have never had the pleasure of reading Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower series. The first book in the series, The Gunslinger, follows Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger (in this world, “gunslingers” are basically Jedi with revolvers, no Force, and less rules), as he chases The Man in Black, who holds the key to continuing Roland’s quest to the Dark Tower, which sits at the center of existence. After years of false hope and false starts, Sony has finally begun moving forward with their adaptation of The Gunslinger and today it appears that things are really picking up momentum as Matthew McConaughey (hey, hey) has been offered the role of not only Roland but also of the man in black.
The Wrap is reporting that their sources have confirmed that the Dallas Buyers Club star will have his pick of roles when it comes to the lead part in the upcoming adaptation. Considering just how versatile McConaughey has proven to be throughout his career, the project would be lucky to grab him for either role but, luckily, he seems to be leaning towards snagging the villain role in this one, which would be absolutely wonderful to see. While Roland is a hard, thoughtful, quiet character, the man in black is his direct opposite. Walter Paddick (or, Randall Flagg, if you prefer), is charming, manipulative, and not at all quiet. While McConaughey has rarely played this type of role, it is definitely within his talents, and it would be a piece of perfect casting to see him play the part of that dark magician.
For years, Stephen King’s Dark Tower Saga has been ripe for the Hollywood picking and there has not been a bigger advocate of the adaptation than EP Ron Howard. Years back, Howard decided to take on the monumental task of trying to bring King’s magnum opus to the big screen but his absolutely brilliant vision (3 epic films with a television series tie-in to fill in the gaps) proved to be a bit too risky of a move for pretty much every studio that Howard pitched the idea to, so the project has been slowly simmering while Howard explored his options. It was revealed last year that Sony was finally the studio with the foresight to take on the project, with Ron Howard and Howard’s frequent collaborator, Brian Grazer moving to the producer roles while Nikolaj Arcel will direct a script written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. As of now, Sony plans to also tackle the tie-in television series but the enormity of the project has previously scared away more than a few actors eyed for the role of Roland, including Javier Bardem and Russel Crow. Hopefully, McConaughey will choose the man in black and will stick around for the long haul. The part is an absolutely crucial piece of the Dark Tower story but does provide the actor in the role some flexibility with the schedule, since Walter’s appearances are generally cameos sprinkled throughout the series.
Who would you like to see opposite of McConaughey in the film? Do you have any casting hopes for any of the characters for the rest of the series (*cough* Adam Driver for Eddie Dean *cough*)?
Source: The Wrap