The Dark Tower movie is actually coming together, with casting announcements coming so thick and fast that we really believe that it’s finally happening.
THR reports that the latest name to join Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in the cast is The Cabin In The Woods and Dollhouse star Fran Kranz.
Kranz will be playing Pimli, who is described as “the right-hand man of the Man in Black.” There’s a lot of reasonable speculation that this is Pimli Prentiss, although fans of the series will note that it sounds as though he won’t be exactly the same guy as he was in Stephen King’s novels, and that Pimli doesn’t show up until very late in the books.
Still, the filmmakers have been quite open about the fact that a lot will need to be changed for the film, and we like the idea of Kranz as a henchman. While he’s probably best known for his conspiracy theorising stoner schtick in The Cabin In The Woods, his role as genius programmer Topher in Dollhouse showed that he was more than capable of playing someone who was just realising how terribly they’ve gone wrong.
Along with Elba (as Roland Deschain) and McConaughey (as The Man In Black), The Dark Tower also stars Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Hayley as vampire Sayre, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana, and young actor Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster), who’ll be playing Jake Chambers. It’s being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), who co-wrote the script with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner.
“Based on the Stephen King-penned fantasy series, the film will follow a wandering knight (Elba) who is the last hope of the fallen land of Mid-World. He is charged with finding the Dark Tower while battling his nemesis the Man in Black (McConaughey).”
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