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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Dark Tower is something that was always going to be ambitious. Way back in the mid-2000s, the plan was to have it alternate between film and TV series in one continuous story. Then things changed to where they were more separate entities, and prior to the release of the Idris Elba-starring film, the idea seemed to be that this series would act as a prequel to the movie The Dark Tower (which ended up being a remix of the whole series).

Now, it seems clear that they’re going in a completely different direction with this series, as indicated by an important piece of casting. According to a new report from Deadline, The Amazon series has cast its Gunslinger, and he will be none other than Sam Strike from Nightflyers and Mindhunter. At this point, the show is approaching a formal pilot order, so it’s not a done deal yet.

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Obviously, the big takeaway here is that Sam Strike…is white. If they were really going for a prequel-type series that could ultimately connect with the movie, they’d cast a black actor. Additionally, the outlet is reporting that this is a completely separate project from the movie — one that will be more faithful to the source material. As far as its story goes, it is reported to be Roland Deschain’s origin as the Gunslinger.

Also joining the project is Jasper Paakkonen, who recently starred in BlacKkKlansman, and is believed to be the character Marten (aka the Man in Black), who is the target for Roland in the story.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.