Feature: The Dark Tower

In Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the Gunslingers were sworn to protect their world; apprenticed from a young age, they were taught to fire with lightning quick speed, and to always remember the face of their fathers – a nod to the legacy that has gone before them.

The weight of being a gunslinger bears heavy and as such, they were a solemn breed, perhaps none more so that Roland Deschain. The last of his line, Roland is played by Idris Elba in The Dark Tower movie, directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

Roland is on a lifelong quest to reach the Dark Tower and defeat the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey, and in a new featurette, both Elba and McConaughey, as well as King himself, talk more about the character and the way he views the world. There’s also a look at some previously unseen footage from the movie, including some impressive gunslinging action, with Roland reloading his weapons faster than the eyes can see.

While the trailer does focus on Roland, there’s also a good look at the Tower, and the beams that come from it, keeping all worlds aligned. A dark shadow looms ominously over New York city as Roland says that if the tower falls, hell will be unleashed. It’s up to Roland’s companion, Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) to guide Roland into New York, into a very different world than one he’s ever encountered, as he continues to try and bring the Man in Black down.

For all his worldly wisdom and weariness, there’s still a lot Roland doesn’t know about, not least, life in our world. His naive question to Jake, about whether Earth has guns and bullets, is sure to raise a smile. In Roland’s world, guns and bullets are sacred objects, and hard to come by. He’ll be like a kid in a candy store when he arrives in New York. Even with all that ammo on offer, though, Roland will make sure to remember the mantra his father taught him; “I do not aim with my hand, I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my gun, I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun, I kill with my heart.”

King states in the featurette that The Dark Tower has always been important to him, and that’s certainly how a lot of King fans feel. Given that The Dark Tower has taken so long to reach the big screen, Sony has a lot of pressure riding on this movie right now. So far, The Dark Tower has still been decidedly lacking in promotion from Sony Pictures, but there have been some posters and TV spots released, and a trailer. Roland and The Man in Black seem to work in tandem, with one getting a poster and then the other, so it would follow that we might well see a similar featurette focused on the evil that is the Man in Black, very soon.


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