Idris Elba may be taking on the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, currently being developed by Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital.
Deadline is reporting that Elba is now the front-runner to play Deschain, the lead gunslinger that will eventually be taking on the antagonist, the Man in Black. Interestingly, Matthew McConaughey is in talks to play that villain.
There’s no official word regarding Elba’s casting, but the hype surrounding the actor of late has been quite strong, suggesting Sony could indeed be looking to capitalise on his success and prominent position. His performance in Beasts of No Nation, which he also produced, could see him up for an Oscar nomination, and buzz grew recently when rumours began spreading that he could be taking on the role of James Bond once Daniel Craig steps down.
The Dark Tower has had quite the lengthy journey thus far. The potential franchise circled starts at Universal and Warner Bros. before it was picked up by Sony Pictures, which placed A Royal Affair helmer Nikolaj Arcel on board as director back in June.
Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) have both penned drafts of the screenplay. Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen, who wrote the Best Foreign Film-winner In A Better World, are reportedly bringing in a new rewrite.
Sony and Media Rights Capital are developing what could be quite the lucrative franchise here. If all goes well, The Dark Tower – based on the book The Gunslinger – will mark the first installment in the film series, while Media Right Capital brings to life a television series to work alongside the films.
We’ll keep you informed.