First Trailer for ‘The Dark Tower’ Promises Dimension-Hopping Destruction

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 - 7:35PM
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 - 7:35PM
First Trailer for ‘The Dark Tower’ Promises Dimension-Hopping Destruction
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The trailer for the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series is finally here after a very long wait. No seriously, the film has been in talks for ten years, with J.J. Abrams looking to direct and produce way back in 2007 before jumping ship. It was then picked up by director Nikolaj Arcel, and then saw some more delays before finally leading to the trailer and release date we have now.

And after the playful Twitter battle between stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey that took place yesterday, the trailer is even better than we imagined. 

The story is this: an 11 year-old boy named Jake (Tom Taylor) becomes absorbed by his visions of another dimension called Mid-World. He is dismissed as an imaginative child as he describes magic towers, sorcerers, and western gunslingers. After following his instincts, he discovers a portal to Mid-World and embarks upon a wild ride where he teams up with the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) to reach the interdimension nexus known as "the Dark Tower," defeat The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), and save both worlds from extinction.

Suffice to say, there's a lot going on here, which means Danish writer and director Nikolaj Arcel has a lot on his plate. Luckily, this won't be his first highly anticipated film. Arcel wrote The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (the original Swedish film, not the American remake) and directed A Royal Affair as well.

The trailer looks pretty damn good. Although there are the usual formulaic hero/villain phrases from Elba and McConaughey's characters that we've come to expect from action films, such as when The Man in Black warns, "You can't stop what's coming, death always wins," there's more to the trailer than simple threats and hero smolders. It also delivers some inventive cinematography, special effects, and expert marksmanship courtesy of Elba's Gunslinger.

The final scene drives all of that home, as the Gunslinger fires a fatal headshot piercing a painting, wall, shirt, and shrubbery before delivering the instant kill. And he's not even looking. As he says, he doesn't kill with his gun, he kills with his heart.

If you liked the looks of the trailer, catch The Dark Tower in theaters August 4, 2017.

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