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Dark Tower casts Idris Elba as Gunslinger

Idris Elba cast as the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, in Stephen King’s Dark Tower movie

Jack and Troy discuss the casting of Idris Elba as the main character, Roland Deschain or the Gunslinger, in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower movie.

Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of a dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. Roland is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of “Arthur Eld”. This is his world’s analogue of King Arthur.

Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society.

Roland’s quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland’s world is said to have “moved on” and it appears to be coming apart at the seams.

Popular Stephen King character, Randall Flagg is the primary antagonist in King’s epic series, The Dark Tower. Flagg tries to keep Roland Deschain from reaching the Tower (the linchpin of existence) so he can claim it for himself and become a god. The Dark Tower expanded on Flagg’s background and motivation, linking his previous appearances.

Mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace, and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Sometimes, even the sun rises in the north and sets in the east.

As the series opens, Roland’s motives, goals and age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.

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9 comments

  1. I’m very sorry, but this simply will not work. Anyone who has read the books, or any interviews from Mr. King knows that the character Roland, was based off of Clint Eastwood. Sadly, Mr. Eastwood is too old to play the part now. Idris Elba is as far from the image of Roland as you can possibly get. Roland’s feature characteristic is ‘blue bombardier eyes’. As someone who has followed the series since well before it was finished, I may not be interested in seeing the movie if the casting is that far off. My vote is for Viggo Mortensen.

    • We don’t believe skin color or eye color is the defining characteristic of the Roland character. You need someone that can embody the essence of the character, not just look like the physical description. There are plenty of actors that fit the physical description.
      That being said, Viggo Mortensen would have been a great choice as well.

      • I think Idris will make a great Gunslinger (Viggo would have also been awesome), and I don’t think the race of the actor really matters for Roland’s character. I think Idris will do a great job and probably nail the character. But, if we get movies of the later books, it would have to have a profound effect on the way Odetta/Detta reacts to him in The Drawing of the Three.

  2. It’s not officially confirmed. No one has officially signed on yet. Websites like Lawyer Herald and Consequence of Sound are jumping the gun on these “confirmations”. I personally am open-minded to Idris Elba. He is one of the greatest actors alive today. Clint’s son, Scott Eastwood, would be a good contender. Stephen Moyer from True Blood would even be badass. Christian Bale has over saturated the movie market….Viggo would be legit as well.

    • This is true. The ink has not been put on the contract as of yet, but it is fairly certain Idris Elba will be cast.
      Well, as certain as anything can be concerning the Dark Tower movie adaption.

    • February 29th, Stephen King announced on his Twitter that Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba have joined the Dark Tower movie adaptation as The Man in Black and The Gunslinger, respectively.

  3. Finally (I hope!) The Dark Tower will be realized. Idris Elba….cool! Many of Mr. King’s stories have been put to film, be it large screen or small. But, this is the story that I have been wanting to see. Very happy to see some movement on the cast selection.

  4. I… No, sorry. No. Idris Elba is very talented, but the only way his casting will work is if this movie is a one-off that has little to do with the books. I agree that race isn’t important for a character… generally. This rule is thrown out the window, though, when the plot REVOLVES around race, as is the case with the second book. Detta Walker is black, and incredibly racist. In fact, her hatred of white people makes her a main antagonist of the second book. Gonna be pretty hard to have her call him a honky motherf****r when he’s a black guy. Honestly, Elba would make a good Man in Black, or a good Crimson King, but for the sake one entire book, HECK NO!

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