Coming off seemingly endless 007 hype, Idris Elba might pivot into Stephen King territory: Deadline reports the actor is the latest front-runner to play the gun-slinging Roland Deschain in Sony and Nikolaj Arcel’s first Dark Tower film adaptation. Nothing official has been confirmed, but the update comes after similar news of Matthew McConaughey thinking about a turn as the nefarious Man in Black. If deals follow through as forecast, Dark Tower would mark both actors’ first times leading a major movie saga — one also set to have season-long TV installments. Although it’s not the Bond role Elba fans have been lobbying for, Roland stands at the center of King’s creative universe, a vast arena that signifies a similarly big deal. Not to mention badass.
Idris Elba. Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/2015 Getty Images