Matthew McConaughey Turned Down GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 for THE DARK TOWER

Written by Andrew Pollard Tuesday, 03 January 2017

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Midway through last year, speculation was rampant that Matthew McConaughey was getting set to be announced as part of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That ultimately didn’t happen, although the actor has now revealed that he was indeed offered a part in the film, but he decided to turn it down in favour of tackling The Dark Tower.

Headlining opposite Idris Elba, McConaughey is playing the ominous Man in Black in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s famed The Dark Tower. And now the Dallas Buyers Club star has revealed what prompted his decision.

Speaking to Playboy, McConaughey explained, “I like Guardians of the Galaxy, but what I saw was ‘It’s successful, and now we’ve got room to make a colourful part for another big-name actor.’ I’d feel like an amendment. The Dark Tower script was well written, I like the director and his take on it, and I can be the creator, the author of the Man in Black – aka the Devil – in my version of this Stephen King novel.”

He added, “We’ve done the first one. It’s a fantastic thriller that takes place in another realm, an alternative universe, but it’s very much grounded. For instance, the Gunslinger’s [Idris Elba’s character] weapon isn’t a lightsaber or something; it’s a pistol. I enjoyed approaching my character as if I were the Devil having a good time, getting turned on by exposing human hypocrisies wherever he finds them.”

This upcoming movie isn’t a direct adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, which itself is made up of a whole host of novels. Instead, the film is being described as a continuation and remix of sorts of the novels that will focus on the final steps of the Gunslinger’s mission to find the titular tower. A Royal Affair’s Nikolaj Arcel is on directing duties. Joining Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba are Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, Kathryn Winnick, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, and Fran Kranz. As alluded to by McConaughey, the current plan is for this to be the start of a cinematic franchise.

To be directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the Dark Tower is currently set for a July 28, 2017 release.

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