First Look: Idris Elba as Roland in The Dark Tower

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Filming on Stephen King’s epic series “The Dark Tower” has begun in South Africa, and we have our first look at Idris Elba’s take on the Gunslinger Rolan Deschain.

Billed as a science-fiction fantasy horror, the movie – directed by Nikolaj Arcel and set for release in 2017 – tells the story of Deschain, a frontiersman knight who goes head-to-head with the villainous Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey.

The movie will be based on the first in legendary writer King’s eight-book series, entitled The Gunslinger: there will also reportedly be a TV spin-off series based on the saga.

See the new images of Roland below

As much as I love the casting of Elba, I’m struggling to see McConaughey, the same man that stars in this video as the villainous Man in Black, but I hope I’m happily surprised.

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