A typical elephant gestation lasts 22 months, but that’s nothing compared to how long it’s taking the planned adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series — a mammoth undertaking comprised of multiple feature films and a tie-in TV show airing between them — to see the light of day. The project was announced in 2010, left for dead, then revived by Sony last spring; now, casting reports are swirling, which would seem to indicate the movie is not just a vision we encountered from the Wizard Glass. The latest, from Deadline, is that Australian model/actress Abbey Lee is in talks to play Tirana, a minor character from the books who is apparently the female lead in the first film. (It’s also possible her name has been changed.) Lee would join Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, who King says will “more likely than not” play Roland the gunslinger and the Man in Black, respectively. The first Dark Tower film is slated for release next January, so to see if this is legit we’ll all only have to hold our breath for 11 more months. That’s only half of an elephant gestation!
Abbey Lee. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images