The Dark Tower casts Watchmen star in key role

The film adaptation of The Dark Tower has landed another big name

Dark Tower

We’ll still believe it when we physically see it up there on the screen for the first time in all its glory (we’re like that, see), but the more we hear about the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the more excited we are about it, and the latest piece of news has only served to make us even more so: Jackie Earle Haley has been cast in the series.

There’s no word on exactly who he’ll be playing, but he’s a great addition nonetheless. Having starred memorably in Watchmen as morally black-and-white vigilante Rorschach, and due to star in AMC’s Preacher TV series as Odin Quincannon, he’s no stranger to being involved with adaptations of fan-favourite properties, which should make this experience an easier one for him.

Jackie Earle Haley has landed roles in both The Dark Tower and The Tick

Indeed, this prior form is just as well, because Haley has also been cast in Amazon’s remake of The Tick. Joining title cast member Peter Serafinowicz, he will play regular villain The Terror, taking over the role played by Armin Shimerman originally. So he looks all set to be extremely busy indeed, but considering his propensity to change radically with each role, we have every confidence in his ability to juggle these responsibilities.

He joins a Dark Tower cast that already includes the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Abby Lee and Tom Taylor, with Nikolaj Arcel directing and co-writing the screenplay alongside Akiva Goldsman, Anders Thomas Jensen and Jeff Pinkner. The Tick is being directed by Wally Pfister, and will see Haley star alongside Peter Serafinowicz, Brendan Hines, Valorie Curry and Griffin Newman.

The Dark Tower and The Tick will both be released sometime in 2017. You can download Stephen King: The Complete Manual from now. For more news about the biggest movies, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.