According to Deadline, actor Idris Elba is the frontrunner to play Roland in the upcoming feature film version of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower. If this turns out to be true, he will race against Matthew McConaughey‘s Man in Black for control of a place from which all realities emanate.
In development for some time with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the film nearly happened at Universal five years ago. The project moved briefly to Warner Bros. and eventually to Sony. Both Howard and Grazer are still involved as producers with Nikolaj Arcel taking the director’s chair.
The film is schedule for a January 17th, 2017 release.