So what does horror author Stephen King have to say about Idris Elba playing Roland Deschain in Nikolaj Arcel and Sony Pictures’ The Dark Tower (2017)? I think he would be great because Elba is a great actor who owns his roles but alas, this is all still in the works so nothing final yet. Javier Bardem is also in talks to play the character. But back to Stephen King’s take on Elba playing Roland, he does not care about race. He just wants the best performance and how fast can he draw a gun. Great response from King. We included the official Tweet below.
To me, the color of the gunslinger doesn’t matter. What I care about is how fast he can draw…and that he takes care of the ka-tet.
--Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 12, 2015
The Dark Tower (2017)
Synopsis: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
Directors: Nikolaj Arcel
Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Western
Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen, Stephen King, Jeff Pinkner
Producers: G. Mac Brown, Cheryl Eatock, Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Erica Huggins, Anders Thomas Jensen, Stephen King, Jeff Pinkner, David H. Venghaus Jr.
Musicians: Junkie XL
Editors: Alan Edward Bell, Dan Zimmerman
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