The Dark Tower has been filming in New York City lately, and a goodish number of images from the set have popped up in various places around the Internet.
Let's have a look at how Idris Elba is faring as Roland, son of Steven, the last Gunslinger:
|Walking away from what one assumes is a freshly-murdered corpse. Yes sir.|
|Note the "Barlow and Straker's" sign in the background.|
|I love the costume. I love the gun.|
|These images are presumably available in any number of places, but I found them all on the Facebook pages for Lilja's Library and the Stephen King Cast.|
|This one is my favorite, for whatever reason.|
So, the long and short of this for me is that I love what I'm seeing. Frequent readers of this blog will recall that I was opposed to Elba's casting -- and, yes, I was opposed to it on account of the fact that I felt Roland should be played by a white guy. Call me a racist for that if you feel the need to do so, but my contention was that if the novels were going to be filmed in the way I wanted them to be filmed, it would be important to the story for Roland to be white. Also, for Susannah to be black, Eddie to be white, Oy to be a billy-bumbler, and the Tower to be dark. It's all about the story for me; believe I'm racist if you want to, but hey, I know my mind whereas you don't, so it ain't gonna fash me none.
In any case, I felt that if you were going to cast a guy who isn't white, Elba was an awfully strong pick, and these images suggest to me that he might well have been an even stronger choice than I suspected he could be. Issues of race put to the side, Elba looks fucking perfect here. That's no guarantee that the movie itself will turn out well, but it's a step in the right direction.
And God help me, I'm getting excited to see it.
Don't let me down, movie; don't you dare let me down.