Considering all the ups and downs it’s had over the years with regards it actually being made, we’re probably going to be sceptical about The Dark Tower until we’re actually sat there in the cinema watching it with our own eyes. Still, it looks like this prospect has taken another step towards fruition with the announcement that Abbey Lee is in talks to star alongside Idris Elba’s Roland Deschain as Tirana.
According to Deadline, Lee (currently best known for playing ‘The Dag’ in Mad Max: Fury Road, and soon to be starring in Gods Of Egypt and The Neon Demon, having previously worked as a model) is looking likely to play Tirana. Interestingly, the character is a fairly minor character from the Stephen King mythos, meaning there’s one of three possibilities: either the role has been substantially expanded, she’s an all-new character (or amalgamation of characters), or she’s simply a cover name being used to disguised who she’s actually playing. Either way, it’s causing much debate and consternation among fans of the book.
To be honest though, we’re just happy that it’s being made. The film adaptation of King’s 8-book series has already gone through the likes of JJ Abrams and Ron Howard, with Nikolaj Arcel currently the man at the helm (although Howard remains on board as producer alongside Brian Glazer and King himself, with the screenplay being penned by Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen).
It’ll be a challenging task for all concerned, sure, but then that’s what makes it all interesting. We look forward to hopefully seeing even more casting announcements in the coming months.