Sony Pictures made the announcement that The Dark Tower has started filming at CinemaCon, one of many major movie announcements made during the day. Director Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation is slated to be the first part of The Dark Tower series, with this initial offering being based on the first book The Gunslinger.
Steady progress has been made on the film in recent months, with stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey being officially added to the film just last month after being courted since late last year. Elba will play gunslinger Roland Deschain in the film, while McConaughey will play the villainous Man in Black. Relative newcomer Tom Taylor will play Jake Chambers, a boy from the real world who gets pulled in to Deschain’s quest.
The Dark Tower is slated for release on February 17, 2017.