THE latest trailer for the fantasy-thriller The Dark Tower reveals a few key information – the most revealing is perhaps how convincing Matthew McConaughey is as the villain.
This award-winning actor needs to stop playing the hero because from just a couple of scenes in this 90-second trailer, we are convinced he makes a great baddie. So good is he as the villain that the audience might even take his side, instead of the hero.
The trailer also showcases how Idris Elba’s character, The Gunslinger, reloads his guns in such a cool manner.
Sure, the dialogue in which Elba talks about not shooting with his hand but with his mind, and not killing with his guns but with his heart sounds corny, but the visuals accompanying the speech are simply arresting.
The Dark Tower, based on a series of novels from Stephen King, tells the story of the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who is trying to stop the Man In Black, Walter O’Dim, from destroying the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.
These characters are in another dimension, and they cross over to our world – bringing destruction with them.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Elba said of his character: “When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost. He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s... coiled.”
In the books, Roland is a white man with blue eyes. When the magazine asked the actor about the change, Elba said: “There should be no difference. The character that was written in Stephen’s imagination, it could be any colour. It just happens to be me, you know? And in the artwork, it just so happens to be a white guy, but I don’t think that makes any difference . ... I think what’s great about it, if I want to say anything about it, is that it is a sign of the times in terms of a colourless society. People go, ‘A good actor is a good actor,’ you know?”