Geekery: New Photos from the ‘Dark Tower’ Set

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Filming has begun… and the first photos of the protagonists are here. Check it out!

For those unfamiliar – the series in two sentences: The Dark Tower is a story of frontiersman knight Roland Deschain’s journey to save his decaying home, Mid-World. His quest leads him on a trek to the tower that stands at the nexus of time and space.

The project has been under development since 2007, and was first picked up by JJ Abrams before he was tapped for Episode 7. It’s picked up a lot of steam and a new director  last year, and the crew has been on set for the last few weeks. They filmed in NYC last week – the public shoots have given us a first look at Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Randall Flagg.

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And a slightly dressed down Roland from a shoot in Cape Town:

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A bit about the production: Nikolaj Arcel is directing, and has a writing credit. He’s got some good writing projects under his belt, mainly in his native Denmark  – including the TV adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He’s joined by Akiva Goldman, who worked on Fringe for several years and picked up an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind.

Cast includes: Jackie Earle HaleyAbbey Lee (Fury Road), Claudia Kim (Marco Polo), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), and Michael Barbieri

Release date is February 17, 2017.

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  • euansmith

    They both look pretty cool.

  • DeathBy SnuSnu

    Urge to re-read the whole series is rising…

  • Jonathan B.

    Matthew McConaughey looks like RF, but I picture Clint Eastwood as Roland..

    • cudgel

      Idris is a much, MUCH, better actor however.

      • That and Clint is 86 years old. Not gonna happen.

    • Jay

      I always thought Nathan Lane would be the best.

    • An_Enemy

      That’s because that’s how Stephen King pictured Roland. That’s been depicted in all the art till now.

      However Eastwood is too old by thirty years at least and Alba is great. I’m okay with it so far.

      • euansmith

        I dunno, I think it is a bit odd have a Scandinavian God filling the role.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Speaking of which, that lead to some interesting debates over casting for american gods

  • Chad Underdonk

    I do not aim with my eye,
    I aim with my heart!