Idris Elba Wraps Filming On The Dark Tower

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With The Dark Tower set to hit theaters next spring, production is already underway on fantasy western project. Based on Stephen King’s eponymous novels, The Dark Tower features some major talent such as Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, and Katheryn Winnick. And, of course, Idris Elba stars as the film’s protagonist, the gun-toting knight Roland Deschain. The acclaimed actor spurred dozens of headlines when he first announced his involvement with The Dark Tower, and now, the Idris has confirmed he’s finished shooting on the film.

Taking to Twitter, Idris told a fan, “I’m done filming,” when they asked how things were coming along with the film. The actor went on to explain he “spoke to the director the other day,” and learned The Dark Tower’s edit is coming along nicely. This news is what many fans have been wanting to hear as footage for The Dark Tower is being kept secret. Columbia Pictures did reveal earlier this year that they would premiere their first-look at The Dark Tower in October at EW Pop Fest. But, even still, fans are growing impatient to see footage of the film.

However, fans have been getting more teasers and updates on The Dark Tower than ever before. Just recently, several exclusive set photos were released which showed Idris dressed in full-character, and a promotional poster featuring Tom Taylor’s Jack Chambers hinted at The Dark Tower’s multiverse. Fans have also known about the film’s extensive casting as actors such as Claudia Kim, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and others have confirmed they signed onto the project. Of course, Fans have enjoyed these updates, but their desire to see some actual footage has only grown after sampling these ‘appetizers.’

If you’re not quite sure why there’s such fuss over The Dark Tower, then you should know the franchise first began under Stephen King’s legendary hands. The iconic author published his first book in the series back in 1982 and has since written over 4,000 pages to fill out a 8-book franchise. Over the years, various studios have been interested in bringing Stephen’s gunslinging universe to life, but plans only started to stick when Media Rights Capital set their eyes on the franchise. So, if you want to know more about the upcoming film’s synopsis, feel free to check it out below:

“The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.”

The Dark Tower is slated to hit theaters on January 13th 2017.