At long (long) last, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is coming to the big screen with Idris Elba playing Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the infamous sorcerer The Man in Black. Director Nikolaj Arcel has been filming the adaptation for some time now, so when might there be enough material to cut together the first trailer? Sooner than you think.
According to the program highlights for EW’s PopFest, the magazine’s two-day festival in Los Angeles, the “first footage from Stephen King’s The Dark Tower” will be revealed. A detailed schedule has yet to be publicly released, but the festival will run October 29-30.
It makes sense to debut the footage (whether it’s a trailer or clip or sizzle reel) at PopFest considering EW heavily featured the film and its first details in its Comic-Con issue. The magazine was also the one to announce casting of Elba and McConaughey.
The Dark Tower books and comics, beginning with The Gunslinger, told of Roland and the many-named sorcerer as one pursued the other on a journey to reach the mystical tower at the heart of the fantastical realm known as Mid-World. Based on a screenplay from Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Jeff Pinkner, the film is a secret sequel to the source material in that Roland has an artifact called the Horn of Eld allowing him to reset events with slight differences.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer tried to bring this story to life for years, but it never panned out because the source material proved so complex for just one film. For The Dark Tower, Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Claudia Kim, Nicholas Hamilton, Tom Taylor, and Fran Kranz also feature in the cast.
The Dark Tower is scheduled for theaters on February 17, 2017.