Must Watch: First Trailer for Nikolaj Arcel's 'The Dark Tower' Movie

May 3, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Dark Tower Trailer

"The tower protects both our worlds. If it falls, hell will be unleashed." Sony Pictures has finally released the first trailer for the adaptation of Stephen King's book series, The Dark Tower. Directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, this cinematic version of the story is more sci-fi than fantasy, about a Gunslinger roaming an Old West-like landscape in pursuit of the man in black. Idris Elba stars as Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. The cast includes Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick, Alex McGregor, Nicholas Hamilton, Claudia Kim, and Michael Barbieri. This actually looks pretty damn cool, but it also looks a bit messy, with almost too much going on. The story framed around the young kid is quite interesting. I'll definitely be seeing this film.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower, direct from YouTube:

The Dark Tower Poster

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The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Elba), roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black (McConaughey). He's also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. The Dark Tower adaptation is directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, of the films King's Game, Island of Lost Souls, Truth About Men, and A Royal Affair previously. The screenplay is credited to Nikolaj Arcel, Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen, and Jeff Pinkner. Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, first published 1982, now a series of 7 books. Sony Pictures will open The Dark Tower in theaters starting August 4th later this summer. Who's ready?

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  • Akirakorn
    First! 😛 ...poster... a long time that I really really want on my wall.
  • Efterklang
    Was that the Overlook Hotel in the picture in that office? Neat easter egg. Movie looks interesting, I'll watch it.
    • Jeff Van Sickle
      There's a worn out Pennywise carnival looking sign as well. Possible shared universes?
  • Taternuts222
    As a HUGE fan of the books, I'm going to have to go into this one with an open mind. Looks like it'll be a mash-up of the first 3 books and it will not follow the books very closely. Where are Eddie and Susannah? I understand why they did it...I think "The Gunslinger" by itself would make for a movie only fans of the series would go to see. I could gripe about the differences, but honestly, in no way did I believe they would be able to pull this off in a way that serious fans would love. Still excited to see it. Maybe somewhere, somehow, someone will be able to do the books justice in cinema. There are other worlds than these.
  • Tester
    I used to be a big King fan from day one but grew tired of his long stories.. I think my last book was Dolores so I did not read any of these books.. So my comment is strictly based on what I saw in this trailer... That looks like crap !! But for all the books fans, I do hope this turns out to be everything you have been waiting for !!
    • Taternuts222
      Stephen King novels can be hit or miss. Dolores Claiborne was a miss in my opinion. It was actually The Dark Tower series that really got me into Stephen King. As elements from his other stories made their way into the series, it made me want to read those books as well. I've read most of his stuff, but not so much recently. "The Gunslinger" is a fairly short book. I'd recommend reading that and choose if you wish to continue. There's really nothing to lose but a little time.
      • Tester
        Yes, I also thought Dolores was a miss.. The movie did not help either..
    • Dolores, the movie, was too slow and full of emptiness. I suppose the book offered a better experience.
      • Tester
        Yes the book was better, but by then I had grown tired of his overlong books.. Having said that, I think my taste changed more than anything else and I still consider him one of my all time fav authors.. I will never forget that last page of Pet Cemetery, I didn't sleep for days !!
        • DAVIDPD
          I second that PET CEMETERY remark... !!
  • backwardsprogress
    Never read the book, but the storyline seems interesting. I'd be willing to see this.
  • CyraNOSE
    "He's like the devil isn't he?" "No, he's worse, he's Matthew McConaughey!"
  • kitano0
    I am a big fan of McConaughey, but he appears mis-cast in this one. There are scores of actors that could play that part much better...heck, they could of just switched roles and it would be better. I say this without seeing the movie, of course.
    • Tom Hardy would be a better choice.
      • Cyberdine
        Tom Hardy's always a better choice for most things. I think Sharlto Copley would of been perfect for Walter Padick. I think Matthew is not that great a actor.
    • Lagoya
      I thought the same, Idris doesn't suit his role either.
  • Brandon Cole
    The tone of the movie isn't kings-esque but it does look entertaining. Idris x Matthew together in whatever is must see!
  • Is it just me or the cinematography is uninspired?
    • LeoForPrez
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          • Lighten up Leo. Is your diaper soiled? 'Cause you're kinda acting like a baby . No one's taking your troll bait. Tarek is just having a bit of sport with you.
          • LeoForPrez
            I love it when someone tells me they aren't taking the bait while they are busy gagging on
          • Bo
            Now that's pretty much on the button with the 'diaper soiled' bit, Raw. Thank you, Sir! I literally burst out laughing out loud when I read it. Poor Leo. He's like the unconscious sod with a sign pasted on his back with 'kick me' printed on it. He's actually Bob who tarek and I have been aware of for a long time. Alex keeps deleting him and he keeps coming back with a different name. How's that for the king of all trolls. Again, poor sod. He's so unaware and unconscious of himself it makes me want to
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   of time though, tarek. He's not even intelligent enough to realize he's being taken for a ride. Poor sod!
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  • For as much as I have respect for the talent involved(sans director) , this series is seriously unadaptable and the trailer confirms it for me. It's a rich, complex series that has SO much going on, a 2 - 3 hour movie is barely enough time to scratch the surface. The delays and problems with this film are NOT good signs my friends. Mark my words, this movie will tank. /rantend
    • My dud-meter is blinking too.
  • 12Grain
    Looking forward to the reboot of Last Action Hero.
  • LeoForPrez
    Ok...officially sold
  • It's like the raw said :so much depth in this books that it's nearly impossible to do in a good way, that said. Love this trailer and the casting of elba and McConaughey... So i am very curious how it works out. Keep my fingers crossed
  • ragethorn
    Mediocre trailer. IT was a better trailer.
  • Payne by name
    Though I've read a lot of Stephen King, I've never read the Dark Tower books. I only say this to indicate that I'm coming in fresh to the film without any 'book baggage'. I've gotta say that I thought it looked pretty bland and generic. I've never been sure of Idris Elba's talents or bought into him being this amazing actor. To me, he scowls and speaks gruffly. McConnaughy looks like he is advertising some male fragrance, the trailer music is forgettable and the story smacks of Last Action Hero as 12 Grain previously said. Nothing in the trailer piqued my interest.
    • If you're a King fan, the series is worth your time. Unlike anything else he's written. The movie will not hold a candle to it.
  • grimjob
    They'll probably try to squeeze so much into this it'll be a convoluted mess. Interesting choice of using what seems to be the song from the music box in For A Few Dollars More.
    • It's sacrilegious to use Morricones masterpiece with this dumpster fire.
      • DAVIDPD
        LOL, but true.
      • grimjob
        It seemed very out of place. Also, I gotta say The Ecstasy of Gold is his masterpiece.
        • Really most anything Morricone produced is a masterpiece, but my favorite pieces are from my favorite Leone film For a Few Dollars More; Vizio D'Uccidere, Carillon and Quasi Morto.
  • shiboleth
    I'll say it bluntly again. It's mindless fun, nothing more. No need for deeper thoughts in that respect. Didn't read those books and have no interest in Stephen King's. I'm not saying he's a bad writer, it's just not my kind of read. And I think he writes books very much for films. Some of which I like. So, yes, at some point, I might take a look. But nothing necessary to watch here ...
    • The Dark Tower series is anything but mindless. It's one of the most complex stories I have ever read. The universe intertwines with so many dimensions and characters it's literally mind blowing. If the movie "dumbs it down", it's doing a disservice to King's epic, and you the audience member because it's not trusting you're capable of following. But I hope you enjoy it.
      • shiboleth
        I believe you. And I am happy to have a lot of books to read. But Stephen King is not on my list for some time. Then again, who knows, I might check it out someday. Consider your recommendation noted and remembered. Thanks ...
    • LeoForPrez
      I love it when dumb people try to dismiss things
      • shiboleth
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        • LeoForPrez
          It's like motivating a 3 year old to do algebra. Come on man...can you at least for a second not act like you have an IQ of 65.
  • John Test
    Read the books. You naysayers that did not even read the books are truly missing out. The series was amazing, and my 1 fear throughout was that King would actually die before he could finish it all. It was that big, and rich in depth. I'll happily watch this movie just as my personal tribute to the brilliance of the Dark Tower book series.
    • Man, I can't bring myself to watch it, because I'll be pissed at the butchery of King's epic. This should've been HBOs next series after Got.
  • Darth Steef
    Is there just going to be one movie, because if I remember correctly, there where 7 books ...?! If they really try to squeeze everything into one movie, then its going to be a BIG mess! But the trailer does look slick in a way ... (PS stopped reading the books after book 5 or so, because it became a much to tedious read)
    • It seems to me they talked about a TV mini - series to accompany this, but Idk if that got scrapped or what...
    I am very impressed by Idris Elba's accent. Even thought it might not be exactly perfect, it is a helluva lot better than what I was expecting.
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