Though famous for many horror stories, Stephen King considers the Dark Tower septology his magnum opus. The odd blend of the fantasy, sci-fi and western genres will be coming to the big screen this summer, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew MConaughey as his enemy Walter Padick, also known as “the Man in Black.”
“Walter” is a character who appears in many King novels, under many names; he is perhaps most famous from his role in The Stand, where he goes by the name Randall Flagg. In an interview with Fandango‘s Erik Davis, MConaughey discusses the iconic villain.
“It’s a dark tale of Christianity, it is. The epic, mythical battle of good versus evil,” he explained. Fans of King will recognize his many allusions to religion, both with demonic enemies and frequent use of Protestant fundamentalists as antagonists.
“There’s multiple worlds happening, that you can inhabit simultaneously,” MConaughey added. In the novels, both Walter and other Dark Tower characters magically move between different realms, from the fantastic to those similar to our world; in many cases, these are outright crossovers with other King novels. “And you will see myself, Walter, and Idris, the Gunslinger [Roland], go head to head.”
The Dark Tower is scheduled for release July 28, 2017.