Matthew McConaughey In Talks For Major Role In Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

Matthew McConaughey is in serious negotiations to play the Man In Black in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. He’s the nemesis of the book’s protagonist, Roland Deschain, aka the Gunslinger who gives his name to the first book in the series, who tries to prevent him ever making it to the fabled Dark Tower.

McConaughey in True Detective

McConaughey in True Detective

The news of McConaughey’s possible involvement was broken by both The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap, although the latter sight initially reported that he was in line to play Deschain. The Wrap later changed its story to say the actor had originally been approached for the hero role, but in discussions had decided he preferred the villainous role. Hmmmmm, sounds like some serious backtracking there but maybe time will reveal the truth. Either way, the two sites were in eventual agreement – if McConaughey comes on board he’ll be in black.

The Sony film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel, who co-wrote the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and directed the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair. Ron Howard, who was once set to direct, remains as one of the producers, and his production company is still involved in the proposed TV spin-off which has long been an element in bringing the sprawling book series to screen.

The idea has aways been to have a season of the TV show between each movie. Whether this is still the case is yet to be confirmed. It is also unclear whether the film’s stars – such as McConaughey – would appear in the TV version. The days when such an idea would be immediately dismissed are long gone, with plenty of big screen stars eager to use televisions long-form format as opportunity to explore characters more deeply. Indeed McConaughey himself was the star of the first season of True Detective.


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