‘The Dark Tower’: Matthew McConaughey Eyed for Lead Role in Stephen King Adaptation

     November 16, 2015


Matthew McConaughey already made it clear that he doesn’t want to play a villain for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, but does he have it in him to turn down The Dark Tower? Sony’s long-(long-long)-in-development adaptation of the Stephen King novel is courting the Oscar winner to play the antagonist, though the actor reportedly has yet to make a decision.

According to Variety, the film would be an adaptation of The Gunslinger and McConaughey would take either the role of Padick, a demonic sorcerer who goes by many names in the series. The character first appeared in The Stand and went by Randall Flagg. Funny enough, McConaughey was rumored for the Flagg role in a new adaptation, though writer Josh Boone took to Twitter to say he wanted him for the role of Stu Redman. In any case, the sorcerer is known as The Man in Black, who the main protagonist Roland Deschain is pursuing, in The Gunslinger.


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However, The Wrap reports that McConaughey has his pick of either Padick or Roland. The latter traverses the fantastical and horrific world of the Mohaine Desert, which is infested with demons and where he encounters all manner of obstacles. The trade reports that the actor is leaning more towards the dark side.


McConaughey is one of the few who can say no to the Marvel giant, and since his eye-grabbing turn on True Detective and in Dallas Buyers Club, he’s not aching for work. Following Interstellar, he has Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees and Stephen Gaghan’s Gold coming down the pipeline. So the script (and/or paycheck) would have to be pretty enticing. While he makes his decision, the film is scheduled for release on January 13, 2017 with director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

Knowing the film’s tumultuous past, I don’t want to jinx it. Ron Howard was supposed to direct The Dark Tower in 2010, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul said he even met with him about a role, and Javier Bardem was looking to star. At long last, it seems like this project is finally coming together, but things could arguably fall apart just as easily fas it did last time. Chalk it up to superstition, but fingers crossed!


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