Author and Maine native Stephen King has had his work adapted into movies more than 50 times in his illustrious career. But The Dark Tower series of novels, which King considers his magnum opus, had never been translated to the big screen—until now. (Insert dramatic musical beat.)
The first trailer for The Dark Tower, which stars Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Prometheus) and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), hit YouTube Wednesday. In it, a boy named Jake (Tom Chambers) discovers a portal to another world, one where gunslinger Roland Deschain (Elba) protects The Dark Tower from the Man in Black (McConaughey) and his plans to access other worlds (including Earth) and kill billions.
While the novel series mostly takes place in Tolkienesque fantasy realms, Earth plays a key role in the film.
“Do they have guns and bullets in your world?” Roland asks Jake.
“You’re going to like Earth,” Jake replies knowingly. “A lot.”
The film, which is a sequel to the book series rather than an adaptation of any of the eight novels, took more than a decade to bring to theaters. Studios, producers, and actors—the likes of J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard, Russell Crowe, Universal, and Warner Bros.—joined and then left the project over the years before Sony took over and hired Elba and McConaughey for the lead roles. The film was delayed twice in the last year, as well, with Sony pushing the film’s release date from Feb. 17 to July 28 and finally settling on Aug. 4.
The Dark Tower isn’t the only movie based on King’s writing that’s coming out this summer: A new big-screen version of It, King’s 1986 novel about a killer clown, is set to hit theaters Sept. 8.