The Gunslinger and The Man in Black finally have their showdown in the first teaser of The Dark Tower.
After much-debated confusion, the film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Western fantasy novel has finally secured a release date (August 4) and an exciting teaser trailer to follow it. Based on the author’s book of the same name, the Nikolaj Arcel-scripted flick hopes to put a new spin on one of The King’s most cherished franchises, which has spawned eight novel continuations in total since its inception in 1982.
The Dark Tower follows 11-year-old thrillseeker Jake Chambers, who gets whisked away to another dimension called Mid-World after discovering clues of an alternate reality. There, Chambers meets Roland Deschain, or “The Gunslinger,” (portrayed by Idris Elba), who is the only remaining member of a forgone knightly clan known as gunslingers. In an effort to save existence from extinction, Roland journeys to the “Dark Tower,” which resides in End-World, a realm where time and space conflate, but he is met with creatures and a ruthless wizard named Walter Padick, or “The Man in Black” (portrayed by Matthew McConaughey).
I haven’t read a single one of King’s book (don’t hit me!) but I am telling you this, I would be SO down for seeing The Dark Tower. Not only do I have a special obsession with action flicks, but the mystical elements of the story makes it even more enticing. Like, can we just take a second to revel in Elba’s master handle of the “gun pose”? You think, Oh wow, he looks really convincing, what with the way he speed-loads the gun chamber like that. That’s until you realize he’s just showing off. (And he’s pretty damn good at it, btw.)
17 Shots of Idris Elba in all his gunslinging glory
The Dark Tower isn’t the only exciting adaptation to come out of King’s canon, either. Let’s not forget that IT is also slated to release the following month (September 8). Which simply means this could just be an amazing year in film for our King of Horror. With that, I can confidently say that both of these flicks are due for blockbuster success.