Sony Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for The Dark Tower, the highly anticipated adaptation of the beloved Stephen King book series. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the film stars Idris Elba as the Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, two forces in constant opposition of one another, as the search for the titular Dark Tower continues.
The trailer certainly sets up the conflict that’s at the heart of the lengthy story of The Dark Tower books, doling out exposition in a way that’s easy for non-book readers to grasp instantly. However, unlike the books, the focus here appears to be from the perspective of young Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) as he experiences visions of another world that is not his own. Those visions lead him into the clash between the Gunslinger and the Man in Black in their endless battle for control of the Dark Tower. Beyond that, superfans get glimpses of King’s work, both in The Dark Tower series and other famous tomes and adaptations. (We’ll get into all of the Easter eggs in an upcoming article, so keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, check out new images here and our trailer breakdown here!)
And while there are certainly plenty of nods and homages paid to the books, there’s something about this first trailer that doesn’t feel quite right. It’s Hollywoodized, to be sure, and doesn’t have that King feel, that almost indefinable sense of mystery and weirdness and permission to see things that shouldn’t be seen. As a four-quadrant movie, The Dark Tower looks like a fine adaptation, but I fear that some of King’s odder, darker aspects–those beloved by fans–might have been sanitized for the movie version. Your mileage may vary.
Watch the first The Dark Tower trailer below. The film also stars Tom Taylor and Katheryn Winnick and opens in theaters on August 4th.
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Here’s the plot synopsis for The Dark Tower:
Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’ that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.