CONFIRMED: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey to star in The Dark Tower

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Mar 3, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

It’s official! Master of horror and legendary author Stephen King himself has confirmed that Idris “for everything” Elba and Matthew McConaughey are on board Sony’s big-screen adaptation of King’s epic The Dark Tower book saga. Yesss!

The author revealed the news via his Twitter account right before the announcement was made official in Entertainment Weekly. King also revealed what the first line of the movie — which is set to enter production in about seven weeks and will film in South Africa — would be. “It should start that way,” King said. “I’ve been pretty insistent about that.”

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Both actors have long been rumored for the movie, but it’s actually pretty exciting to see the news being made official. While Elba will play Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger, McConaughey will play his demonic archnemesis, Walter o'Dim, the Man in Black. Both actors will be joined by Mad Max actress Abbey Lee.

About the time it took for The Dark Tower to get a movie adaptation, King said:

“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film. When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little sh-tty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now.” He laughs. “I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised.”

If you're expecting the upcoming movie to be a straight-up adaptation of the first book, The Gunslinger, which was published back in 1982, don't. Stephen King says that the film will start around the middle of the eight-book series.

“[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story.”

Keeping mum as to which books the movie would be focusing on, Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (who also wrote the screenplay) teased that “A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.”

Are you guys excited to see Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey officially confirmed in the respective roles of The Gunslinger and the Man in Black? What do you think about the movie not using The Gunslinger as its launching pad?

The Dark Tower is set to open in movie theaters on Jan. 13, 2017.

(via EW)

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