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Better Ghost 2016/02/11 02:21:31

Dark Tower film/TV adaptation
 
It seems we have an official release date for the first film (January 13, 2017). It's also confirmed that among the crew will be Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Fringe) as writer/producer and Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Royal Affair) as directing.

According to Stephen King himself, the casting isn't 100% finalised yet, but he's stated that the rumours of Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black are very likely to happen. There's been some backlash against the former but I personally think it's a brilliant piece of casting (and so does Stephen King, apparently, so people who are claiming this violates the author's intent are completely full of shit). There are few actors with the charisma and acting chops to pull off the role who would be believable as a gunslinging badass, but Elba is definitely one of them (and if you disagree with that you obviously haven't watched The Wire). Furthermore, the issue of his appearance is likely to be completely irrelevant to the story, since Gilead is not noted anywhere in the books as having a problem with racism. (Indeed, if memory serves, Roland is actually confused when he hears about the civil rights struggles in the U.S., because it's completely unthinkable to him that such a thing could actually be an issue). So really, who cares if he doesn't look like Clint Eastwood? It won't affect the story. As for McConaughey, I'm pretty sure anyone who's watched the first season of True Detective knows he'll be able to pull it off.

Anyway, looking forward to this. Here's hoping they don't screw it up. The casting, at least, is quite reassuring. Feel free to discuss choices for the other roles, or whatever else you feel like discussing. Aaron Paul has been rumoured for Eddie Dean and I find it difficult to imagine improving on that (even though it'll probably get him permanently typecast as a junkie), while I see any of Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, or Zoe Saldana being credible choices for Susannah. No opinion about who should play Jake; I'm not familiar enough with child actors these days.

Sar 2016/03/04 18:08:33

I don't read this book, but I'll see a movie with Idris Elba and Matthew McDonalds.


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