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‘The Dark Tower’ Trailer Aims for the Heart

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By this point in a big film’s marketing cycle, we typically would have seen a couple trailers, a ton of posters, lengthy magazine pieces, the works. In contrast, there has been so little concrete info out there on The Dark Tower, which opens in theaters in almost exactly three months, that some people (like, y’know, me) began to doubt whether the movie would open on time, or even if it existed at all.

But finally, here is a full trailer for The Dark Tower to insist the movie is real and it is coming to theaters later this summer. Idris Elba plays Roland Deschain, also known as “The Gunslinger,” pitted against the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). The Gunslinger joins forces with a young boy from our world, Jake (Tom Taylor), to stop the Man in Black from destroying the Dark Tower which separates and protects our universes. This adaptation of the Stephen King series (supposedly not a direct book-to-film translation, but more of a sneaky reboot/sequel) is by Danish director Nikolaj Arcel. Here’s the official plot synopsis:

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

The Dark Tower opens in theaters on August 4.

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