After long days and impatient nights, fans of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will finally get a look at the trailer for this summer’s film version.
The movie, out Aug. 4, stars Idris Elba as a roaming knight known as Roland the Gunslinger, who is on a mission of revenge against the Man in Black, a sorcerer played by Matthew McConaughey.
They live on a plane of existence known as Mid-World, which has tangential relationships to our own, but a boy named Jake from present-day New York is having visions of this other place — and the ominous tower that stands at its center.
He may be the key to reaching the structure for both men.
The film, which wrapped shooting last September, had originally set the ambitious release date for February, but that was pushed back to July, and then nudged a little further back to August.
Despite a few leaks of unfinished footage, and a preview at the recent CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas for theater owners, no one has seen anything from the movie — which is strange for a major release that’s just a few months away.
Tomorrow, that changes. The trailer is here. Finally.
Here’s a sample of what’s to come …
Here’s a sample of the trailer posted by Elba on his Twitter account, featureing the gunslinger loading his weapons by swinging them at a cluster of bullets. (The firearms were forged from the metal of Excalibur and have a magic of their own.)
Not only does Sony, MRC, and Imagine Entertainment hope to turn The Dark Tower into a big-screen franchise, but MRC is already developing plans for a TV series prequel, which is also being co-written by the film’s director, A Royal Affair filmmaker (and lifelong King fan) Nikolaj Arcel.
You can hear King himself and Arcel talk about the plans to assemble the movie from the author’s seven-book series in this podcast from EW’s Behind the Scenes show (which airs Wednesdays at 6 p.m. ET on Sirius XM 105.)[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/264610422" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
Check back to EW on Wednesday for a full scene-by-scene report on everything revealed in the new trailer.