The Dark Tower Trailer Basks In Supernatural Gunslinging And Apocalyptic Destruction
The Dark Tower
(Last Updated On: May 3, 2017)

The best-selling fiction series from Stephen King called The Dark Tower has been turned into a feature-length film. The first full theatrical trailer for the movie has gone online, featuring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

The synopsis for the film reads that Elba’s character, Roland Deschain, is trapped in an eternal battle in his world with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). A young boy named Jake ends up traveling to Roland’s world and attempts to convince him to save the tower and save the billions of people on Earth.

You can check out the full length trailer below, which was posted up over on Sony Pictures’ YouTube channel.

There are a couple of really cool scenes in the trailer, such as Idris Elba channeling Kevin Costner from The Bodyguard during that scene where they were out at the cabin and he closes his eyes and tracks the killer via sound, except here Elba’s character gives a little speech about how he uses the weapons and what he uses to execute those kills.

The film has a bit of an adventure vibe to it, reminding me a little bit of the 2008 flick, The Forbidden Kingdom, with the whole dimension hopping thing going on.

The Dark Tower - The Gunslinger & Jake

Anyway, it’s really hard to gauge what the movie will be like based on the trailer.

A lot of people in the comment section think Elba and McConaughey should have reversed roles. Others are confused at what point in the books the movie is based, and some are intrigued enough to wait and see how it all turns out.

It looks like it could be a decent sci-fi Western flick, and it’s not like we get a whole lot of those.

You can look for The Dark Tower to land in a theater near you on August 4th.


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  • MONAD

    To be honest, I’m not really bothered by the casting of Idris in this. Mostly because I’m not a fucking fanboy. Race lifts happen all the time in fiction, which is likely the reason why I’m not as bothered by this as some people are. Honestly, a lot of this “outrage” has got me burned out. The film might be good, it might be shit, who knows, but it won’t be because the Gunslinger is now a black man.

    • TBill

      My biggest gripe is that they will have to fundamentally rewrite the Odetta/Detta character development (or exclude her altogether). Her development comes about because Roland is white. Now, when she hinders the group, it can’t be because of racism towards Roland. They will be forced to pigeonhole some other excuse to explain her actions or just ignore her character development.

  • Migi

    I don’t hate Idris Alba cause i think he is a great actor especially in Beast of no nation, But why can’t they stick close to the source materiaal? instead of going the pandering way. I know i might be reading more into this but i just hate seeing original visions altered for the sake of sales or other bullshit.

    I don’t get the whole movie industry, They constantly use scripts that have white characters in them and change them simply so they can get more sales but at the same time throwing away the original writers ideas. Aren’t there any black writers or authors out their with some original ideas or story?

    • They constantly use scripts that have white characters in them and change them simply so they can get more sales

      This doesn’t seem to be true, according to a Sony executive anyway. In one of the leaked e-mails apparently black leads don’t do well overseas in regions like China. They were bummed The Equalizer tanked in China because the Chinese aren’t all too fond of Denzel the way Americans are. So it’s more-so pandering for diversity’s sake, but it doesn’t always mean it’s gaining them any extra money.

      • Migi

        China in general is a hard market to sell. But i know they have this preconceived notion of black ppl being criminals which is basically brought about by american Thug culture.

        But i was mostly trying to convey the notion for the western market considering Asians are pretty Xenophobic which isn’t totally a bad thing in my eyes, Consdering what has happend in europe with the migrant crisis and the whole Multi-cultural bullshit and mass raping cover up i’d say the asians were the smart ones and played it save.

        The thing in general that is bothering me is all these stories were writen by white folks for white folks. Yet, Black folks demand more Black roles yet nobody is asking the question where are all the black writer making stories about black protagonist? Feels a bit hypocritical if you ask me.

        I do think if you’d ask that question directly to a black audience they’d go on a rant about slavery and all the other pressure points to avoid the main issue, Basically, we white folks get the blame for just asking the question.

        I’ll be honest, For me a Black protaganist is kinda unrealistic, cause all you ever see black ppl do is bitch about the past and not one person is standing still at the real problems its like a child trying to shift the blame and the only black ppl that try to be real about it get discriminated against by their own ppl.

        • Yet, Black folks demand more Black roles yet nobody is asking the question where are all the black writer making stories about black protagonist? Feels a bit hypocritical if you ask me.

          Let’s be honest, a lot of the stories written by blacks for blacks only cater to blacks and things centered around black culture… like How Stella Got Her Groove Back, or The Color Purple. They exist, but they’re about the short American history of black culture just outside the slavery era, or in the case of Roots, the history of blacks during slavery and leading up to the end of slavery.

          A lot of the popular stories usually center around struggles and hardships, since it wasn’t just until the 1960s that the Civil Rights sort of gave them leeway to equal rights. Even after that, there was still the thug/gangster culture that seemed to envelop most stories centered around blacks.

          The thing is, a lot of non-blacks probably aren’t too interested in stories about racial hardships. People prefer stories with heroes, and if you have a black hero during the hardship eras you end up with stuff like Django Unchained.

          A large part of black identity in fiction is centered around racial identity, not unlike how a lot of stories from Hispanics are about cultural identity and finding a place in America, overcoming illegal immigration, etc.

          I think, for the most part, until we start seeing more fantastical hero tales become mainstream starring blacks — like Afro Samurai — there’s always going to be a disconnect.

          • MONAD

            “A large part of black identity in fiction is centered around racial identity, not unlike how a lot of stories from Hispanics are about cultural identity and finding a place in America, overcoming illegal immigration, etc.”

            This. So much this. Until people start writing characters on the basis of ..you know, actually creating a believable and relatable character instead of the character being all about, “MUH STRUGGLE”, people will always be incensed at the thought of a black actor playing a white based character. People should be focused on the merits of the fiction, rather than ticking boxes on quotas.

          • Until people start writing characters on the basis of ..you know, actually creating a believable and relatable character instead of the character being all about, “MUH STRUGGLE”, people will always be incensed at the thought of a black actor playing a white based character.

            You hit the nail on the head.

          • Migi

            Like MONAD said about ”MUH STRUGGLE” is kinda what makes the black community feel retarded to be honest, Cause nothing wil change overnight by whining and bitching about it and making every movie a poltical/cultural statement .

            Sadly the black community is in a infinite loop that doesn’t seem to change anytime soon.

            We ppl in europe had hardships when hitler invaded and you don’t hear us bitching against the german for what happend back then, Neither could i give a crap cause its all in the past.

          • We ppl in europe had hardships when hitler invaded and you don’t hear us bitching against the german for what happend back then, Neither could i give a crap cause its all in the past.

            Kind of depends on where in Europe. For a while a lot of Russia’s only decent films were about World War II, spies or the Soviet Era.

            Heck, a lot of the notable exports from Poland are still kind of hung up on what happened in World War II. Stuff like Katyn, In Darkness, North Face and Korczak seems to give the impression that the Poles are still dealing with the “muh struggle” complex from the Germans.

            The Dutch make good flicks, too, but even a lot of their worthwhile films still hinge on what happened to them during World War II. Max Manus, Flame and Citron and The King’s Choice are just a few.

            However, to their credit, the Dutch also diversify a lot of their flicks, so it’s not really fair to throw them in with the Poles.

            Also Have you seen Chinese flicks? They’re still REALLY hung up on what the Japanese did to them during World War II. There’s a lot of anti-Jap sentiments in their flicks, so much so that they didn’t want the recent movie Shanghai playing in the mainland because the director portrayed the Japanese general (played by Ken Watanabe) as a decent human being during World War II. You get a sense of their loathing that still kind of carries on to this day from films like City of Life and Death (the rape of Nanjing).

            Blacks during the 1970s in the U.S., focused a lot of their writing/filmmaking on Blaxploitation, spawning a lot of anti-heroes/anti-villains out of conditions centered around the times just after the Civil Rights were passed and equality laws were given to minorities in America in the 60s. After that, black movies kind of dwindled down to mostly bad romances, bad comedies and, as you mentioned, “muh struggle” films.

            SJWs really pushed things back a lot — by about 20 – 30 years — so it’ll be a while before we see blacks in America making anything that isn’t about “muh struggle”.

            Alternatively, if you want to see some really awful schlock from blacks that has nothing to do with racism, check out Nollywood, the awful Nigerian films. Hilarious.

          • Migi

            A small hint, Those Dutch movies you mentioned aren’t Dutch. Thei’re norwegian. I’m Dutch and we are basically selling away our culture right now for political correctness and that’s why i’m pretty tired of it. we have some War movies but mostly focuses on resistant fighters during that time, zwart boek, soldaat van oranje, most are utter garbage.

            Also there is barely anybody in my country who gives an ass about what happend in the war at this point cause we are aware it isn’t this generations fault. Its also the fact that it was the minority that supported hitler while the majority just stood by and did basically nothing. Also i wouldn’t call my country’s movies divers they’re more like porno’s than actually telling a story .

            I think the whole China vs japan is more spurred on by their government. cause they love to use nationalism to make their ppl look away at the real problem right now, which is their government. I kinda wished there were more Movies about Chairman Mao, The biggest mass murderer on the planet!
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBW1lQw_WrI

            I have my doubt they’ll ever stop the ”Muh Struggle” narrative considering it grants them entitlments. Cause if the whole slavery is such a huge point howcome they barely focus on the slavery that is going on right now or even the Arab slave trade that lasted even longer?

          • think the whole China vs japan is more spurred on by their government. cause they love to use nationalism to make their ppl look away at the real problem right now, which is their government.

            Welcome to America, where they use the exact same propaganda to keep racism alive amongst whites, blacks and especially Hispanics. We have a ton of news reports how the illegals are “stealing our jobs” and “leeching” off the system. What they don’t say is that a lot of big farming corps illegally hire in these workers for slave wages and abuse and mistreatment them. I used to get regularly reports about some activist groups attempting to curb the violence against undocumented workers taking on jobs in the U.S., but it never went anywhere since… well they were illegal immigrants.

            But the point is, the illegals are only taking jobs the corps would never hire legal citizens for anyway, since they pay them stuff like $1 a day. I’m trying to figure out which American college graduates have been begging for jobs like that?

            They also keep the racism between white and blacks going strong, giving a national platform to stuff like BLM, even though all the leaders of that movement push for segregation and regression in terms of racial unity.

            You’ve probably heard about BLM, and probably haven’t heard anything good about it because it’s pretty much like the new generation of America’s black-led Nation of Islam (which was basically a racial propaganda machine designed to keep racial segregation alive and healthy in the States by trying to infuse all blacks with the idea that the “white man is the devil”).

            So it’s not even restricted to a single race or a regional thing, it’s a controlled media narrative to keep nationalism, racism and segregation alive.

            I have my doubt they’ll ever stop the ”Muh Struggle” narrative considering it grants them entitlments. Cause if the whole slavery is such a huge point howcome they barely focus on the slavery that is going on right now or even the Arab slave trade that lasted even longer?

            Pretty much this. There are definitely other racial issues plaguing America, but it deals mostly with the way civil institutions are being run (even by appointed black and Hispanic leaders) than the actual history of “muh struggle”. But then again, the same applies to the Taiwanese and Chinese, and the Tibetans and the Chinese, and the South Koreans and North Koreans, etc., etc.

          • MONAD

            Until black Americans wake up and realize they’re being used (mostly by the Democratic party, the same party that claims to be on their side oddly enough), we’ll continue to have racial divide in this country.

          • This.

            Sadly, a lot of them like being pandered to as victims because it’s easier to avoid taking responsibility in life. The Democratic party hasn’t been anything but a disease spreading throughout the minority culture in recent years, cultivating attitudes of entitlement and laziness instead of hard work and good civic principles.

          • Migi

            You do have to agree that the republicans aren´t all that great either. America actually needs a party that´s more center stage.

          • Migi

            to me Everything kinda feels like a infinite loop of stupidity when it comes looking facts in the face.

            Some things are so obvious yet ppl just don´t wanna lose that fake ´´feel good´´ moment that solves nothing.

        • Bitterbear

          Films that aren’t woke trash that you should watch:

          Boat Trip, the Medea films, Sister Act 1 and 2, Predator 2, Candyman, Blade 1 and 2 (3 is trash).

          There’s plenty if you know where to look.

          • Migi

            Sadly, plenty of it is kinda junk. there are only a few good ones and even most of those are writen by white folks.
            Kinda begs the question where are your Black authors and black writers?

            Instead of feeling the need that white ppl need to make more black roles for the sake of diversity.