“Stephen King’s horror western classic, The Dark Tower, languished for nearly a decade in development before receiving the green light to make its way to the big screen. Well worth the wait, the big screen adaption is currently filming in several locations, including South Africa and New York City. As production continues, several photos have leaked out, revealing a first look at Matthew McConaughey as the villainous Walter Padick, “The Man in Black”, and star Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.
The leaks were just enough to whet the appetites of curious fans, giving them a look at McConaughey with long nails and Elba strapped with his trademark pistols. New shots emerged today, providing a better view of Elba as the Gunslinger in the Big Apple.
Recently, Just Jared got a hold of a more extensive batch of stills of the mysterious hero while The Dark Tower production filmed exterior shots. In the pics, the British actor is seen exiting what looks like a brownstone, apartment, or an alleyway. Clad in a black trench coat, he also sports a uniquely apocalyptic-western shirt, and of course, his namesake six shooters. Several stills give us a closer look at the bullets and one of the pistols Deschain will unleash upon his enemies during his quest.
Since the mythos of The Dark Tower series approximate a medieval quest crossed with a post-apocalyptic western, Deschain’s pistols equate to his sword in the overall theme. Stephen King never actually names a make or model of the iconic weapons (seeing as the books take place in an alternate universe), but are supposedly similar in description to a .45 caliber Long Colt or a Colt Peacemaker, a classic Wild West weapon…”