The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. Meanwhile, the world waited for an official glimpse at The Dark Tower, the first salvo in a potentially expansive adaptation of Stephen King's opus that will arrive in theaters -- checks calendar -- three months from now. Roughly. In preparation for the first full trailer for Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower, the movie's leads, Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, started a weird Twitter flame war where they slung warnings at each other while in character as The Man in Black and The Gunslinger. The back-and-forth led to the only Tweets that mattered... the first Dark Tower footage. First, McConaughey dropped this:
In the clip, Matthew McConaughey's mysterious Man in Black walks on a snowy cliff, lecturing an audience of corpses that "the war is over" and that eventually "the Tower will fall." Unhappy with this Tweet, Idris Elba replied that he deal's in lead, then shared a second clip of Roland the Gunslinger loading his prized possessions -- his weapons -- in a stylish mid-air maneuver. See it for yourself right here:
Now, you might be asking yourself, "Where were these scenes in the books?" Well, they weren't really there. From everything that we can gather about Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower movie, it will act as a spiritual sequel to the last book in Stephen King's series, and will reimagine the narrative path of Roland of Gilead (Idris Elba) as he completes his quest to reach The Dark Tower -- considered by this journeyman to be the all-powerful center of the known universe.
And yet, The Dark Tower will not be an adaptation of the first book in the series, titled The Gunslinger, even though it will introduce an important character in Jake (Tom Taylor), a boy from OUR world who ends up in Roland's alternate universe... though how he gets there would be considered a major spoiler.
Still, the beginning of the clip that Idris Elba shared on Twitter shows a floating door leading into a vast wasteland, and fans of Stephen King's books can tell you that those doors are very, very important. But later. So why are they here now? No clue. Maybe the full trailer will give us a better idea of what Arcel has planned for The Dark Tower? At the very least, these two 15-second snippets prove there really is a Dark Tower movie, and it's opening, eventually.
Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will co-star in Sony's The Dark Tower, which currently has a release date of August 4. The full trailer drops tomorrow, so come back to CinemaBlend for our coverage of what is shown. And follow Elba and McConaughey on Twitter, in case they keep this Method Act up between now and release.