Matthew McConaughey Offered Villain Role in Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’

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Matthew McConaughey has set his sights on an iconic Stephen King villain.

Sources tell Variety that Sony wants McConaughey to play Walter Padick — aka the Man in Black — in Sony and MRC’s adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower” franchise. McConaughey has just received the script and has not yet decided whether he will star.

Sony and MRC declined to comment.

Padick is a demonic sorcerer who Roland “the gunslinger” pursues in the first book. The character first appears in “The Stand” and goes by the name of Randall Flagg, a character that McConaughey was also offered to play. “The Gunslinger” will be the first in a series of films.

Nikolaj Arcel is directing the movie, which is currently set to bow on Jan. 13, 2017.

The first book, “The Gunslinger,” has already been adapted by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Goldsman and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins will produce, while Pinkner will exec produce.

Sony will distribute the pic. MRC will also develop a TV series to go along with the film franchise.

McConaughey recently finished filming the Stephen Gaghan drama “Gold” and also has “Sea of Trees” set to bow later this year. He is repped by CAA.

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  1. Beth Hanley-Adams says:

    They should hire Anson Mount to play Roland in this. He played Cullen Bohannon on Hell on Wheels and is the perfect choice for Roland!!

  2. Roe Pressley says:

    Actually he first appears in Eyes of the Dragon.

  3. SS says:

    I would LOVE to see Anson Mount and Matthew Mcconaughey battle it out in this movie!!!

  4. FM says:

    I was going to say Viggo Mortensen would be a great Roland, but Anson Mount takes the cake.

  5. LINDA HARRIS says:

    I want to see Anson Mount play Roland Deschain. He is an up to date version of Clint Eastwood who the character is actually based on.

  6. Michael says:

    Alright, Alright, Alright

  7. Michael Hanzie says:

    best choice for roland….(drumroll) THE GUY WHO PLAYS JORAH on Game of thrones!!! that dude IS roland to a T! Also, id like to see James Mcavoy as eddie dean.

  8. Who is going to play “Roland” the real hero of the saga??

  9. Donna says:

    I think Lucas Bryant from “Haven” would make a GREAT gunslinger. no really, go look at him… he IS Roland. (He already has ties to King… Haven is based on Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid”

  10. Joey says:

    Norman Reedus should play Roland!

  11. Larry says:

    Anson Mount would make a great Gunslinger.

  12. Karen DeLessert says:

    Who will be playing the gun slinger? I have often envisioned Matthew as the gun Salinger.

  13. Jonnythec says:

    My mom makes $66 an hour working at …ha..this movie will be good!

  14. Spider says:

    Well, alright, alright, alright……………………

  15. MatisyahuSerious says:

    i cannot state with total certainty that the picture above is not christian bale.

  16. Diane Furuya says:

    Stephen King gets his material from the dark side. Just ask him!

  17. Diane Furuya says:

    Don’t do it Matthew. You will never get those images out of your mind. Seriously, don’t do it!

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