First 'Dark Tower' Footage Debuts Ahead of Trailer Release

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in the fantasy adaptation.

The Man in Black is having a little fun ahead of the first trailer debut of The Dark Tower.

After a brief Twitter exchange between leading men Idris Elba (Roland Deschain) and Matthew McConaughey (The Man in Black), McConaughey has shared a snippet from the upcoming trailer, and revealed it will be released Wednesday. 

"The war is over. You know what’s coming. the Tower will fall," says the Man in Black.

Soon after, Elba shared his own clip, complete with a special message book readers will know: "I do not kill with my gun. I kill with my heart."

Anticipation for a look at footage from the film has been high, as initially a trailer was going to be released in October 2016, but that didn't materialize and the film was pushed from February of this year to the middle of summer movie season. An extensive look at the film was shown in March at CinemaCon (read the description here).

The sprawling Stephen King book series originally spanned seven novels that began life as a short story first published in 1978. What was said to be the final novel, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, was published in 2004, though King followed it up in 2012 with The Wind Through the Keyhole, which is set between the fourth and fifth installments. The series has also spawned multiple comic book series.

The film from Columbia Pictures and MRC is directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

The Dark Tower is set for an Aug. 4 release date.