Based on American horror author Stephen King’s best-selling series of fantasy novels, The Dark Tower is currently ramping up production on the theatrical adaptation from director Nikolaj Arcel (who most notably co-wrote the screenplay for the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The movie is set to feature a plot structure that will take viewers to an undetermined mid-point in the eight-volume series of novels (though a recent enigmatic posting from King himself may have revealed something big about Arcel’s shooting script).

Ahead of the film’s eventual theatrical release in February 2017, photos from the set have allowed diehard fans a sneak peek at lead actor Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond) in character as the Gunslinger Roland Deschain. In addition, Elba recently unveiled the franchise film’s teaser image for fans clamoring for more information from the set, and now it would appear as though his co-star Matthew McConaughey (Free State of Jones) has been sighted in character as the nefarious Man in Black.

Courtesy of Just Jared, the string of set photos offer a first glimpse at McConaughey, who is looking lean and menacing as the black-clad antagonist of King’s fantasy novels. In the images, McConaughey sports dark dyed hair, a long tailored jacket, and noticeably untrimmed finger nails. It’s an interesting depiction of the Man in Black, and McConaughey certainly looks ready to take on Elba’s enigmatic hero in Arcel’s adaptation.

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dark tower movie casting elba mcconaughey The Dark Tower Set Photos: Matthew McConaughey is the Man in Black

It remains to be seen just how capably Arcel and company prove in the making of the latest King property to be brought to the big screen, though with any luck The Dark Tower will wind up being a worthwhile endeavor that can win over even the most demanding of the author’s fans, while still pleasing general moviegoers at the same time. And with production on a theatrical adaptation of It from director Andrés Muschietti (Mama) currently underway as well, there should be plenty for King fans to anticipate in theaters next year.

As more information emerges surrounding the production of The Dark Tower, longtime readers of King’s original series of fantasy novels can start going back over the books to begin anticipating what course Arcel’s feature length adaptation will eventually take. For now, moviegoers can examine the latest batch of set photos depicting McConaughey as the Man in Black, and begin imaging how the infamous antagonist will ultimately be portrayed in the finished production.

The Dark Tower will see theatrical release in the U.S. on February 17, 2017.

Source: Just Jared

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