Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey face off in both a desolate desert and the frenzied streets of New York in the first trailer for The Dark Tower, an adaptation of Stephen King’s expansive, genre-breaking saga.
In the film, set in an alternate universe, Elba plays the last of the samurai-like Gunslingers. When an adolescent boy from New York manages to jump dimensions into the Gunslingers’ world, the boy is told about the Dark Tower, the structure that protects both worlds. He also learns of the man who wants to destroy the tower, a devilish entity played by McConaughey.
Like the novels themselves, The Dark Tower adaptation straddles the lines between horror, science fiction and westerns, with the Gunslinger’s incredible marksmanship on full display throughout.
“I do not kill with my gun. I kill with my heart,” the Gunslinger says at the end of the trailer, moments before – without looking – he shoots down an assailant from a great distance through multiple obstacles.
The first look at the thriller nabbed the approval of King, who tweeted, “The Dark Tower trailer is here. And it’s awesome.” The film arrives August 4th.