Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey to Star in a 'Dark Tower' Movie

Author Stephen King says the long-awaited adaptation will start at the exact same place as his first book.

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey to Star in a 'Dark Tower' Movie
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Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are set to star in the movie adaptation of one of Stephen King's most beloved stories — so says the author himself. On Tuesday, King broke the news by tweeting, "It's official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. #DarkTowerMovie @McConaughey @IdrisElba"

The announcement comes after years of speculation and expectation from King fans. It also comes with an extra twist in the form of Elba's race-bent casting as Gunslinger Roland Deschain, who is white in the books.

When it comes to sprawling mega-universes that are way too big for just one or two movies, Stephen King's Dark Tower series is every bit as vast and awesome as anything in the comic book world. So if a movie adaptation is done well, it could make for a very lucrative commodity. After all, the series is comprised of eight books, a novella, a bunch of comic books, and it has distinct ties to a long list of King's best-known work, including character and story crossovers.

Here's what King had to say about the news while speaking with Entertainment Weekly:

"The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film. When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little sh-tty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now. I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised."

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