By Anthony Breznican
March 19, 2017 at 04:04 PM EDT
Columbia Pictures
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The structure that binds all space and time is occupying negative space in a new poster for the film version of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.

Even more intriguing than the image itself is something written off to the right: July 28. Apparently, the movie is sticking with its summer debut date even though no trailer has been released for it yet.

The film 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 from present-day New York is having visions of this other place — and the ominous tower that stands at its center.

In the new poster for the film, we see the tower rendered in white sky through the space created by Manhattan’s skyscrapers, and the topsy-turvy nature of the way these universes are connected is evidenced by the Man in Black, upside down at the top of the image.

King tweeted the poster himself this morning, adding the line: “Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure.”

This will reassure fans who worried that the lack of promotional materials for the movie may signal another date shift, as discussed in the 2016 video below. (The Dark Tower was originally planned for a February debut, but was shifted to July last year.)

So far, the only major reveals of the movie have been EW’s cover story from last summer. You can catch up on that full list of stories here.

The movie is directed by Nikolaj Arcel, who also worked on the screenplay with Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Jeff Pinkner. King has godfathered the project, offering edits and suggestions to the adaptation of his sprawling series.

Below, listen to EW’s interview with the author and Arcel back when the movie was just about to begin filming. See the new poster above.

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  • PG-13
release date
  • 08/04/17
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