• Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba face off in 'The Dark Tower' (Sony)Source: Sony
Nikolaj Arcel directs the pair in nothing less than a slo-mo-laden clash between good and evil.

4 May 2017 - 9:56 AM  UPDATED 4 May 2017 - 2:23 PM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey play bitter enemies in the first trailer for "Dark Tower" -- an adaptation of the Stephen King series of the same name.

"For thousands of generations the gunslingers were knights sworn to protect us from the coming of the dark," Elba huffs in a voiceover at the beginning of the trailer.

Tom Taylor plays a young boy who is taken in and trained by Elba's character Roland Deschain or "The Gunslinger." The two face the threats of McConaughey's Walter Padick, also known as "The Man in Black."

At one point McConaughey taunts, "You can't stop what's coming. Death always wins."

Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) directed the movie which, from the looks of the trailer, should include plenty of slow-motion action sequences and snorted dialogue about justice and humanity. A crew of writers, including Arcel, worked on the script -- Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, and Anders Thomas Jensen also have credits. The film is co-financed by Sony and MCR.

McConaughey and Elba played up the trailer's arrival by posting teasers on Tuesday in a dramatic exchange. "You want the Tower?" McConaughey tweeted at Elba. "To find the tower is my purpose. I'm sworn," the co-star responded.

Dark Tower hits Australian cinemas on August 17.

See the Twitter exchange between McConaughey and Elba below:


Watch Nikolaj Arcel's 'A Royal Affair' at SBS On Demand 

Denmark, 2012

Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Danish, French, German
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Trine Dyrholm, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Alicia Vikander
What's it about?
A young queen (Alicia Vikander), who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with his physician (Mads Mikkelsen) – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

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