The Dark Tower Movie's Man in Black Revealed in New Images

Matthew McConaughey gets bad.

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The long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower has been in production for several weeks. Lead actor Idris Elba was pictured on-set in May, and now co-star Matthew McConaughey has been revealed, in full costume as the Man in Black. Check the images via Lilja's Library.

Elba is playing gunslinger Roland Deschain, while McConaughey's character is a demonic sorcerer also known as Walter Padick. It is directed by Nikolaj Arcel, who previously helmed the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair.

The film is based on King's fantasy series, which encompasses eight novels, written between 1982 and 2012. The books blend classic western themes with horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

In May, the author revealed that while the book's famous opening lines would kick off the movie, audiences should expect a few changes. "I expect that the movie will start where the books start," he told the EW Podcast. "Y'know, 'The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.' I think that nails it right in place for people. I've been pretty insistent on that, and I think everyone's onboard with it."

However, King went on to explain that from that point, the movie will deviate from the book. He stated: "It starts sort of in medias res, in the middle of the story, instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit. But they will get behind it, because it is the story."

The Dark Tower arrives in theaters on February 23, 2017.

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