The hugely-anticipated trailer for The Dark Tower finally dropped just a couple of weeks ago. And, although the upcoming movie may not be exactly what fans are expecting, we’ve got news about a Stephen King star set to make a cameo that might make everyone reconsider.
In an interview with IGN, the man himself noted that none other than Cujo, the canine menace at the heart of the 1983 film of the same name, will be making an appearance:
If viewers who are familiar with my work look very closely, they might see Cujo. Keep an eye out for Cujo in New York City
Eagle-eyed fans spotted nods in the trailer to The Shining and IT, suggesting that The Dark Tower and Andy Muschietti’s upcoming IT reboot may all be part of a greater, interconnected King universe.
Fans are already outraged that the flick doesn’t follow the books but it was announced some time ago that this will be something of a sequel. The other chief complaint seems to be that the footage from the trailer, nods aside, looks a bit generic.
Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2009) is at the helm of the upcoming adaptation. He also co-wrote the script with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner. Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, and Tom Taylor will all star.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’ that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.
The Dark Tower will see release August 4, 2017.
There will also likely be a television series based on the property that will run in between feature film installments. Stay tuned for more on this project as we learn it!