After years of, “it’s unfilmable”, “it’ll never work”, and “there’s just too many layers”, filming on Stephen King’s most ambitious novel has begun. Currently in production in South Africa, The Daily Mail has the first look at Idris Elba as the series’ hero, Roland “The Gunslinger” Deschain:

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The Dark Tower will also star Matthew McConaughey as Deschain’s nemesis, The Man in Black (aka Randall Flagg). Hitting theaters February 17, 2017, the film is expected to become a major starring vehicle for Elba.

To see more set photos, you can find them at The Daily Mail.