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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Idris Elba Stephen King's The Dark Tower Controversy

After filming the 2015 Netflix blockbuster Beasts of No Nation, British actor Idris Elba has made the world his stage and has the chance to play the role of a lifetime as Roland Deschain in Stephen King's screen adaptation of his book series The Dark Tower. However, there are those who do not wish to see Elba cast in the lead role as the gunslinger Deschain.  



Idris Elba Stephen King's The Dark Tower Controversy


Detective John Luther in the BBC One series LutherIdrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba is an only child born on September 6, 1972. He was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father is from Sierra Leone and mother from Ghana.

Elba is best known for his portrayal of drug lord and aspiring businessperson Russell "Stringer" Bell in the HBO series The Wire, Detective John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the 2013 biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.


Idris Elba’s newest role maybe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain in Stephen King's book series The Dark Tower.
Elba’s newest role maybe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain in Stephen King's book series The Dark Tower. Gunslinger Roland Deschain is part of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of Arthur Eld (King Arthur). Playing opposite is villain Walter Padick, AKA the Man in Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. The series has eight novels ranging in themes from dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and western.


Elba is in the running to be cast as Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower but there are fans of the series who hope the job goes to a white man for various reasons including Deschain was described as white in books. Stephen King tweeted without using Elba's name that "To me, the color of the gunslinger doesn't matter. What I care about is how fast he can draw..."

Idris Elba Netflix Beasts of No Nation Near Death Experience


Elba says a security guard saved his life after he slipped while walking behind a waterfall in Ghana, over a 98-foot drop during filming Netflix blockbuster Beasts of No Nation.
Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, Elba plays a warlord Commandant commanding child soldiers


Recalling the incident while filming the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, in which he plays the warlord Commandant, Elba told The Jonathan Ross Show: “I nearly died … We decided to do this waterfall scene where all these child soldiers were walking behind this massive waterfall. The director decided on the shoot, we went to this waterfall, and in this scene; my character is standing there watching all the child soldiers go past.

Now in the setup of that, the stunt coordinator says, ‘Listen everyone, this is a waterfall, that’s a 90, 100ft drop down there and the ground is very slippery, just be careful!’ Elba said, “I put my foot on this rock just to hangout and chill out while they were setting up. Well, I slip … I put my hand on this tree – it is not a tree, it is a branch! It snaps and I go literally fall about six feet before a security guy catches me.”


Elba stated, “It was a great experience though, that was my most harrowing film to shoot. The director caught malaria and survived and it was great and he kept working so it was that type of shoot.”

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