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Amid all of the breaking superheroes and Star Wars news, sometimes it becomes difficult to remember that there's a new world of fantasy in the works, in the form of Stephen King's Dark Tower. The long-awaited film adaptation of the iconic book series has slowly but surely come together, but we still don't know very much about the overall narrative of the project. That being said, Matthew McConaughey recently took to Twitter to tease the arrival of an iconic (albeit expected) Dark Tower villain. Check out the image below to see for yourself.
Now that's a tweet that will get any fan of Stephen King's Dark Tower excited about the upcoming film. The image in question seemingly teases the impending arrival of the iconic Dark Tower villain, The Crimson King, with the words "all hail" written below the insignia. In the caption portion of the tweet Matthew McConaughey writes the phrase "shake the hand that shook the world," which fans will recognize as an iconic line uttered by McConaughey's Randall Flagg a.k.a The Man in Back -- an already confirmed Dark Tower character who conspired with The Crimson King in the source material.
It's not really surprising that The Crimson King has officially been teased for The Dark Tower. The character represents the embodiment of pure evil in several of Stephen King's publications, and he's become iconic as the primary villain in the literary Dark Tower series. Although Matthew McConaughey's Man in Black has been described as a complex villain with incredibly nuanced feelings towards Dark Tower hero Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), The Crimson King has somewhat more overtly evil intentions, as he endeavors to topple The Dark Tower -- destabilizing space and time and bringing several universes to a grisly end.
As excited as we are for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, it's worth noting that we cannot really know what to expect from the film. Although several key Dark Tower elements seem to have popped up throughout the film's production, director Nikolaj Arcel has made little effort to hide the fact that the film will make some serious changes to the narrative. With that in mind, all of the knowledge and context related to The Dark Tower backstory might not help us get any closer to understanding this particular villain until the film finally hits theaters.
We will bring you any and all pertinent details related to the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower as more information becomes available to us. The long-awaited film will finally hit theaters next year on February 17, 2017.