The Dark Tower is an upcoming American science fantasy western action horror film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel. A continuation of Stephen King’s novel series of the same name, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower – a mythical structure which supports all realities – and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, Walter Padick.
Intended to launch a film and television franchise, the first installment combines elements from several novels in the eight-volume series, taking place partly in modern-day New York City and partly in Mid-World, Roland’s Old West-style parallel universe. Additionally, King has tweeted a photo of the Horn of Eld with the caption “Last Time Around”, which relates to the ending of the final book, The Dark Tower VII; Arcel has said that fans will know the movie is a sequel to the books’ events. The film is set to be released on August 4, 2017 in 3D and 2D by Columbia Pictures.