Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey Cast in Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' Movie

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in Stephen King Dark Tower Movie
Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey

Stephen King Announces ‘Dark Tower’ Cast

Following several months of discussion, Stephen King announced Tuesday that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will star in “Dark Tower,” the film adaptation of the author’s 1982 Western-style fantasy series “The Dark Tower.”

‘Dark Tower’: Elba, McConaughey Get Fans Excited

“It’s official: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed,” King Tweeted, tagging the two stars. The actors went on to Tweet each other regarding the news.

Elba and McConaughey fired off playful exchanges via Twitter, with Elba telling the Oscar winner that he has “one new follower.” McConaughey responded “come and get me, I look forward to it.”

The film, set to be directed by Nikolaj Arcel, is scheduled for release in January 2017. Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins are all on board to produce.

Recently, Elba completed a praised performance in “Beasts of No Nation” that was snubbed by the 88th Academy Awards. Set amid a civil war in an unidentified African country, he plays a warlord who takes the orphaned youngster, played by Abraham Attah, as his protégé.

The Netflix original drama is based on Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel of the same name and is currently available to stream on the video platform.