The King Has Spoken – Stephen King On The Choice To Cast Idris Elba As The Gunslinger

December 12, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email: [email protected]

There have been a lot comments on the decision to cast Idris Elba as “The Gunslinger” in Nikolaj Arcel’s  upcoming adaption of The Dark Tower. I’ve heard both positive and negative remarks. Some have an issues with the choice because  the actor and the character (in the book) are different races. It’s true, Roland (The Gunslinger) is Caucasian in the books, but should that dictate who is cast in the film?


elba 2


Stephen King spoke out via Twitter on the decision. King created the character, so I think his verdict should be important and of course, King makes a great point.


king gunslinger

Elba is a talented actor. Personally I believe he’ll do a great job. Elba has appeared in a large array of films and genres, always leaving me impressed by his performances. Not only did he star in Prometheus, he also had roles in Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World,  Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Unborn, and many other films and shows. He’ll be Playing Roland Deshain, a gunslinger on a life long mission to locate The Dark Tower, the center of the universe, before evil destroys the tower, wiping out the world.  The film is set to premiere in theaters on January 13, 2017.


You May Also Like…