As reported by Variety, our favorite Texas-bred thespian may be attaching himself to the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, which is set to be directed by Nikolaj Arcel and released by Sony and MRC on January 13, 2017.
According to the latest sources, Matthew McConaughey was given his choice of playing either lead Roland Deschain, a gunslinger inspired by the great Western anti-heroes and Arthurian legends, or Walter Padick, the villainous sorcerer known as the Man in Black, and the actor is reportedly leaning towards the latter role. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time McConaughey was sought for this role, though it was in a different film all together, and the character went by a different name.
Warner Bros. has been working on an adaptation of The Stand for almost as long as The Dark Tower feature film series has been in development, and last year it was widely reported that McConaughey was being sought for the former film’s central villain, Randal Flagg. However, certain bibliophiles are probably well aware that Flagg has appeared in a number of the Stephen King’s works under many aliases, including Walter Padick, the Man in Black.
McConaughey clearly feels some sort of pull towards this role, and we think he’d be well cast in King’s world. Given studios penchant for creating cinematic universes, it seems like a no-brainer that the works of King, which have been tying themselves together in various ways since the beginning of the author’s career, would be the next step. Given that Warner Bros. has been quiet on The Stand front for quite some time, perhaps Sony, in their efforts to re-brand and reprioritize franchises, will pick up with rights and give audiences a chance to see McConaughey perform the duties of Randal Flagg in The Dark Tower and The Stand. Four our money, we’ll be looking at a Stephen King Cinematic Universe in just a few years’ time.
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