The big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series has experienced countless starts and stops since it was first announced back in 2007 (it was previously linked to the likes of J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard with Javier Bardem, Viggo Mortensen, Russell Crowe, and Liam Neeson all rumored to star at one point or another), but the film finally has its stars. King himself took to Twitter this morning to confirm that rumored stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will indeed be the leads of film with Elba taking on the role of gunslinging protagonist Roland Deschain while McConaughey will play the mysterious Man in Black. Though King has been mum on additional details around the flick, Entertainment Weekly suggests that the film will eschew an adaptation of 1982′s The Gunslinger — the first novel in the series — and will instead kick off with 1991′s The Waste Lands (the third Dark Tower book). There’s also the possibility that the film could be a one-off instead of the first installment of a Dark Tower series.
For more info, check out Entertainment Weekly‘s lengthy story over at ew.com. Set to be directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, The Dark Tower will soon start production and is slated for a January 2017 release.