Vikings star Katheryn Winnick and Mojave’s Fran Kranz have boarded Sony‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER. They join previously cast Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Jackie Earle Haley, and Tom Taylor. Nikolaj Arcel is set to direct.
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).
The film, co-financed by Media Rights Capital, is being produced by Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard. Arcel penned the script based on the landmark fantasy series from the ‘Master of Horror’ King, based on drafts previously submitted by Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Sony is setting up The Dark Tower as an expansive franchise on the big screen that will also have a television component.
Winnick, who stars in History’s Vikings, will next be seen in the Warner Bros. action flick Geostorm. Kranz starred in the TNT reboot of Dallas, and has appeared in films such as Donnie Darko, The Cabin in the Woods, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor