Matthew McConaughey Eyed for Lead Role in ‘The Dark Tower’

Stephen King‘s Epic Fantasy Western

According to The Wrap, Sony wants the Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey to play a lead role in the big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower, the first installment of Stephen King‘s epic fantasy Western which follows the story of the Gunslinger Roland.

Though the trade was initially told that McConaughey is being eyed for the role of Roland Deschain, Variety and THR report that the actor is leaning towards the film’s villain role, The Man in Black, who the main protagonist is pursuing in the first book, “The Gunslinger.” The Man in Black is a demonic sorcerer who goes by many names in the series such as Randall Flagg or Walter Padick, The Oscar-winning actor will likely decide whether or not to accept the role before too long.

Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) is signed on to direct from a script by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner the first movie in what will be Sony’s  global franchise with TV components.

The Dark Tower is currently set for release on January 13, 2017, but things could arguably fall apart as it did in 2010 when Ron Howard was supposed to direct the film.

Sources: TheWrap/Variety/THR