Stephen King’s works have been gracing screens for years, but perhaps his most famous work, the Dark Tower series, has only recently made movie buzz. Recently it was reported that Matthew McConaughey could be playing playing series villain Walter. Now it seems Idris Elba (of Pacific Rim fame) is in talks for the role of Roland Deschain, the gunslinger.

While there hasn’t been any official signing, producers at Sony say that Elba is their first choice for the role of the gunslinger. The film is currently slated for a January 13, 2017 release, directed by Nikolaj Arcel. Sony’s long term goal is to build a franchise of films and other media.

The Dark Tower is a massive epic, encompassing 8 novels and taking 30 years to write completely. The novels are famous for their blending of themes and genres from all across literature.

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