Stephen King Comments On Idris Elba Playing Roland In ‘The Dark Tower’

The long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is back in the news again over rumors that Matthew McConaughey may play the Man in Black and Idris Elba may play gunslinger Roland Deschain. Some people were quick to point out that part of the storyline revolves around character Susannah Odetta Holmes Dean initially hating Roland because he’s white, a storyline that would have to change in the adaptation, assuming it was ever going to be mentioned.

One person who doesn’t seem to mind if that part of the story changes for the movie is the creator of the epic, Stephen King. As he posted on Twitter last Friday, “the color of the gunslinger doesn’t matter.”

Roland’s ka-tet are — very roughly summarized — his posse and the people he’s training to be gunslingers. Assuming they even want the storyline of how one of Susannah’s multiple personalities hates white people to be included in an already-crowded script, they could always have her focus her hate on another member of Roland’s second ka-tet, like Eddie Dean (who may be played by Aaron Paul). We’ll find out what director Nikolaj Arcel has in mind when the first (only?) film opens January 2017, if it ever happens.

(Via Bleeding Cool)