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After nearly a decade of resting in development, the film adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed series, The Dark Tower, finally kicked off is production in early April. Leading this version of the story is Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a.k.a. The Gunslinger. While the movie continues filming, the actor posted a teasing message concerning his character's lineage in honor of Father's Day. Take a look!
Marking the holiday in his own special way, Idris Ebla posted the above tweet early today with the quote, "Remember the face of your father," which fans of the Dark Tower books know all too well. Aside from being literally interpreted, it can also be understood as making sure one stays true to their beliefs rather than straying from the path. In addition to the image, Elba also posted a line from Roland about his lineage, from his father Steven all the way back to Arthur, who we'll just say left a royal mark on history. The quotes may not mean much to non-Dark Tower readers, but for the fans, this was definitely a fun way for the main star of the upcoming movie to commemorate Father's Day.
Of course, while the image is cool, it still doesn't offer much in the way of plot details or other juicy information. This tease just has fans craving an official look at The Dark Tower even more, whether it's photos of the characters or a trailer. Maybe this is Elba's subtle way of also foreshadowing that something big is coming soon, though the movie is still in the middle of shooting. It might be a good idea to keep an eye on Idris Elba's account for more teases, potential "first looks," and holiday postings.
Although originally believed to be a direct adaptation of the first book in the Dark Tower series, recent information and teases suggest that the Dark Tower movie is taking some creative liberties with its narrative. Sony's been keeping their lips sealed about the cinematic story, but it appears that the movie will incorporate elements from later installments rather than just that first book, something which Stephen King hinted at last month. What we know for sure is that just like his literary counterpart, Idris Elba's Roland Deschain will be a frontier warrior who uses pistols instead of a sword as his weapon of choice. Elba's costars include Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Jackie Earle Haley as Sayre, Abbey Lee Kershaw as Tirana, Katheryn Winnick and more.
The Dark Tower will be released in theaters on February 17, 2017.