Amazon’s ‘The Dark Tower’ Has Found Its Roland Deschain

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I did not like 2017’s The Dark Tower. In fact, I absolutely hated it.

I’m not alone, either. The film has a mere 16% on the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as garnering a “generally unfavorable” score of 34% on Metacritic. So my opinion is validated and that, in turn, makes me happy.

But The Dark Tower series is widely considered some of Stephen King’s best work, and it may find redemption in Amazon’s adaptation of the series.

Deadline reports that Roland Deschain has been cast and will be played by Sam Strike, which us horror fans will recognize him from Leatherface. Jasper Pääkkönen of Vikings and BlacKkKlansman has also been cast, and it is speculated that he will be playing Deschain’s foe Marten.

Although Idris Elba did his best, there was nothing that could have saved that film from its plot, which just barely shared a resemblance to the novels. Thankfully, Nellie Andreeva of Deadline writes that:

“The Dark Tower TV series is independent from the film and is meant to be a more faithful retelling of the book than the movie was. I hear it will take place many years before the events depicted in the feature and will focus on Roland Deschain’s (Strike) origin story – how he first became a gunslinger and got his guns, his first conflict with the man in black (Pääkkönen), his first love and his first mission as a gunslinger.”

This means that it will likely be an adaptation of book four in the series, as the first book – The Gunslinger – is not Roland’s origin story. However, the fourth book Wizard and Glass is.

The Amazon production is still in very early stages of production, but so far, things are looking pretty good – based solely on the fact that it will be more faithful to King’s masterwork.

Let’s hope it stays that way!