Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Katheryn Winnick Joins The Dark Tower

Katheryn Winnick (Vikings, Bones) has joined the cast of The Dark Tower. While Variety did not know what role she is playing, AICN is reporting she may be playing a character called "Jill". The name is likely a placeholder considering the character is described as "non-human and is someone who tries to abduct Jake in New York. She's one of The Man In Black's henchpeople and plays a significant role in the story." She would also be appropriate as Alice who in the novels is a barkeep in the town of Tull that Roland Deschain has a kind of "with benefits" relationship but without the friendship or much else. Considering previous castings have indicated that a major set piece will be a town that Roland comes across that is overrun with minions of the The Man in Black, I kind of like my theory more. As someone who has had a long time crush on the actress, this might be the first casting news about The Dark Tower that has got me more excited about the movie.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fran Kranz Joins The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower cast continues to grow as Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods) has joined the cast of The Dark Tower. According to THR the Whedon-verse actor "will play Pimli, the right-hand man of the Man in Black." According to the Dark Tower Wiki, Pimli Prentiss was the Wardon/unelected Mayor of Alguil Siento (also called Devar-Toi) that was over-ran by the series big bad (The Crimson King) and his henchman. It can get confusing. To sum Pimli is in charge of a town and reports to the Man in Black character played by Matthew McConaughey. He in turn reports to the bigger bad called The Crimson King (basically Stephen King's version of the Devil) who goal is to destroy all of creation. To destroy all of creation he needs to destroy the Dark Tower. The one to stop the destruction of The Dark Tower is Roland Deschain (Idris Elba).

Friday, April 15, 2016

Jackie Earle Haley Joins The Dark Tower

A new cast member should be reporting to The Dark Tower set soon as Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, RoboCop) has signed on. Deadline reports "Haley will play Sayre, a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one." His role in the books was fairly minor but I guess in this adaption the role becomes more significant.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Dark Tower Begins Production

After a rather long series of starts and stops, The Dark Tower movie has reached the major milestone of starting principle photography in South Africa this week. Exact details on how the movie will handle adapting the series remains under wraps. All we currently know about the major roles is Idris Elba is Roland the Gunslinger, Matthew McConaughey plays the man in black while Nikolaj Arcel is the director. The movie is aiming for a February 17, 2017 release date.