It’s been a long road, but Stephen King’s epic saga The Dark Tower is finally reaching theaters this summer.
Based on the new trailer, it seems that the movie will have some marked differences from the source material—remember, the story comes from a book—combining elements from different parts of King’s work.
The Dark Tower—the film version of which is directed by Nikolaj Arcel—is described by the author’s official website as “the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.”
In Roland’s (played by Idris Elba) current situation, the world has begun moving on and the very fabric of reality is beginning to fall apart. And that’s only the beginning. “The six invisible magnetic Beams, which maintain the alignment of time, space, size, and dimension, are weakening,” the site adds. “Because of this, the Tower itself is foundering. Unless Roland can find a way to save the Beams and stabilize the Tower, all of reality will blink out of existence.”
The inspiration for the series began with King’s love of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings and Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti Westerns, though it really kicked off with the Robert Browning poem “Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came.”
Said King, “I started off wondering: What is this tower? What does it mean? And I decided that everybody keeps a Dark Tower in their heart that they want to find. They know it’s destructive and it will probably mean the end of them, but there’s that urge to make it your own or to destroy it, one or the other. So I thought: Maybe it’s different things to different people, and as I write along I’ll find out what it is to Roland. And I found that out.”
Presumably audiences will as well when The Dark Tower reaches theaters on August 4th.
What follows is a guide to the primary characters featured in the film.
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Known as the last surviving Gunslinger, a knight of sorts in the realm of In-World. His goal is to find and climb the Dark Tower, which is described as the center of existence and through which both his world and all others could be destroyed if it should fall into the wrong hands. Adds Wikipedia, “He is a man who lacks imagination, and this is one of the stated reasons for his survival against all odds: he can not imagine anything other than surviving to find the Tower.”
Idris Elba Says: “When we meet Roland, he’s a bit lost. He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s...coiled. There’s a mystical element to him. He’s around 200 years old. He’s been around for a long time, and has a deep-rooted connection with the supernatural nature of the film. Roland’s completely tuned into that. When you meet him, he’s very much a stoic man, doesn’t want to talk. But when you get to know him, he really knows quite a bit about the world and his world’s history.” (Source: EW)
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