The film version of Stephen King's epic has just confused fans once again.
Variety reports that Katheryn Winnick, who plays Lagertha on the History Channel series Vikings, has been cast in director Nikolaj Arcel‘s adaptation of King's The Dark Tower. There is no official information on who she is playing, but Ain't It Cool News writer and Dark Tower superfan Quint has heard from his sources that she will appear as a character created exclusively for the film -- a non-human henchperson of the Man in Black, named Jill, who tracks down and tries to abduct the Jake Chambers character in New York City.
With the production inventing characters and possibly shifting plot threads and people around, this is certainly starting to look like one of the loosest adaptations of a major literary work headed to the screen in recent years. Now, it's true that a slavishly faithful transfer of book to screen doesn't always work either -- we're looking at you, early Harry Potter movies -- but going too far afield can alienate your core audience, the fans of the original work.
Whoever she is playing, Winnick joins a cast that is topped by Idris Elba as Roland, the gunslinger from the realm known as Mid-World; newcomer Tom Taylor as Jake, the boy from our world who becomes like a son to him; and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, the embodiment of pure evil and chaos. Other recently added cast members include Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz and Abbey Lee.
Two of the story's most important characters -- Eddie and Susannah -- are apparently being held back for a second film and have yet to be cast.
The Dark Tower is set to open on Feb. 17, 2017. What do you make of this latest casting news? Is The Dark Tower starting to look less and less like King's tale?