Idris Elba shares Dark Tower image

Idris Elba just tweeted a new photo teasing the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels.

The British actor tweeted a photo of a blue symbol with the words “Remember the face of your father.” The photo was accompanied by the words: “I am Roland, son of Steven, son of Henry, true descendant of Arthur. And I have not forgotten.”

Elba refers to his character, Roland Deschain, also known as the Gunslinger, the hero of The Dark Tower series. According to an article by the A.V. Club, the “Arthur” referred to in the tweet is Arthur Eld, the Dark Tower’s version of the legendary King Arthur. His sword, Excalibur, was melted down to create the revolvers that Roland uses in his journey. The symbol is Arthur Eld’s sigil, and “remember the face of your father” is a well-known expression in the Dark Tower universe.

The dark Tower Stephen KingThe Dark Tower is an eight-novel series by American writer Stephen King that incorporates themes from fantasy, horror, and Western genres. The saga focuses on the quest of the gunslinger, Roland Deschain, to save his decaying world by reaching a tower the significance of which is both physical and metaphorical.

The first book, The Gunslinger, was published in 1982 and the final novel in the chronology of the series, The Dark Tower, was published in 2004. An eighth book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, was released in 2012, covering events that occurred between the fourth and fifth book of the series.

Joining Elba in the Dark Tower cast is Matthew McConaughey who will be playing the villainous Man in Black. The film will be directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, though other directors like J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard were previously attached to the project. The film is set for a 2017 release.

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