Avengers: Age of Ultron star Claudia Kim has joined the growing cast of Sony‘s THE DARK TOWER, based on the series of novels from Stephen King. The film, which has already started production, stars Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Abbey Lee, Tom Taylor, and Katheryn Winnick. Nikolaj Arcel is directing from a script he wrote with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner.
The story is centered on a character known as The Gunslinger (Elba) who roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower – supposedly the nexus of all universes – in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. Along the way, he encounters a mystical villain known as The Man in Black (McConaughey).
Kim is expected to play Arra Champignon, a character known to be “kind” and who “wishes everyone well.” She possesses psychic abilities and seems to come from another world – perhaps another time all together.
An adaptation of The Dark Tower, the western-horror-fantasy series that King himself has described as his magnum opus, has been in the works for years, but false starts and pre-production issues seem to plague the project, which began at Universal, then moved to Warner Bros. before eventually settling at Sony where it finally found its footing. After co-financier Media Rights Capital came on board, it was announced that a complementary television series would accompany the feature franchise.
Kim, who is best known for her role as Dr. Helen Cho in Avengers: Age of Ultron, was also a regular on the Netflix series Marco Polo. She recently lent her voice to the Kristen Stewart-Nicholas Hoult sci-fi romance, Equals.
Kim is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor