First shots of Idris Elba as The Dark Tower's Gunslinger

It's been a long and winding road to The Dark Tower, for audiences and the characters journeying to the legendary locale, but the end is in sight. Shooting on the first film in a proposed series kicked off earlier this year. A few weeks back a bunch of set photos hit the web, showing off the landscapes and scenery, and we've now got our first look at the man leading the Stephen King adaptation. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Idris Elba. 

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As Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger, Elba really looks the part. That first snap shows him decked out in faded jeans, a white shirt, a waistcoat, scarf and pair of boots which is how Deschain is described in most of the novels. But it's the long, dark overcoat in the second shot that's the cherry on top. Together with his holstered six-shooters, it's like he was born to play the role. 

In King's original story, Roland vows to track down the Man In Black (played in the film by Matthew McConaughey) and reach the Dark Tower before the fabric between universes comes asunder. That's nutshelling it to the extreme. There's eight titles in the series and that's not counting all the other books it's connected to. Hmm, wonder if they'll find a way to include that Danny Torrance easter egg from the novels... 

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick and Tom Taylor, The Dark Tower opens on February 17, 2017. 

Images: BBC, Daily Mail 

Gem Seddon

Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.