Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba star in first The Dark Tower images

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 16, 2016 17:21 IST
The Dark Tower is scheduled for a February, 2017 release. (EW)

The first official images from the upcoming Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower have been released online by Entertainment Weekly.

The horror fantasy western is directed by Nikolaj Arcel and stars Idris Elba in the lead role and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black in his

Read: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba to star in King’s The Dark Tower

“He’s not just a shoot ‘em up type cowboy,” Elba told Entertainment Weekly. (EW)

Speaking about his role in the film, The 46-year-old Interstellar star said that they didn’t want the character of Walter to be “overly fantastic,” reported Femalefirst. “Well, he is a man, actually. They wanted to go very human and grounded with this. Obviously, there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter.”

Matthew McConaughey plays Walter Padick, “an ageless deceiver and sorcerer who also seeks to reach the tower and rule over its seemingly infinite kingdoms.” (EW)

“In the beginning of the story Roland is kind of a lost soul. All he’s thinking about is killing the Man in Black, his arch nemesis,” Arcel told EW. “He’s all about revenge. He’s all about trying to track down this man who has hurt him throughout his entire life. Taken away his friends. Taken away like his father, his mother. Everybody. The love of his life... So this is where we find him. He’s a man blinded by the longing for revenge.”

Idris Elba plays Rolan Deschain, “a sort of frontiersman knight whose primary weapon is not a sword but a pair of revolvers.” (EW)

With PTI inputs

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