A long time ago in a completely different galaxy far, far away, lovable hemp enthusiast and Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was the preferred name to join Star-Lord and the gang on their second interstellar adventure, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. But in a surprise move, the actor passed on James Gunn’s highly anticipated Marvel sequel to join a brand new franchise alongside Idris Elba in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower instead.
If it seemed like the riskier move for McConaughey at the time, it still might be considered so. Joining an already-established blockbuster series could have been an easy decision, but after giving it some thought, opting for a more challenging role and slipping on the shoes of the Man in Black seemed to make the most sense to the Dallas Buyers Club star.
“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,’” he told Playboy. “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 – a.k.a. the Devil – in my version of this Stephen King novel. We’ve done the first one. It’s a fantastic thriller that takes place in another realm, an alternate universe, but it’s very much grounded. For instance, the gunslinger’s 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.”
The Dark Tower was supposed to be hitting screens next month, but Sony has since pushed back the release date to July 28th, 2017. That means the film will now premiere a couple of months after we get to see Chris Pratt and the other ‘A-holes’ run into McConaughey’s rumored replacement on the film, Kurt Russell. Since the actor has made a series of very wise career choices in the past decade, it will be interesting to see how the two films stack up against each other.