Matthew McConaughey has been eyeing a starring role in the movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower.

Matthew McConaughey In ‘The Dark Tower’

McConaughey is in early talks with Columbia Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Negotiations haven’t begun yet, but McConaughey is said to have sat down for a meeting with the film’s director, Nikolaj Arcel.

The Dark Tower has been on the cusp of being turned into a feature film for nearly a decade, with Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins on board to produce the film. The last time the film looked ready to get going was back in 2011, when Javier Bardem was attached to the project.

In The Dark Tower, it’s expected that McConaughey would play the antagonist, the Man in Black. Throughout King’s Western-style fantasy series, it’s the Man in Black’s mission to prevent a man named Roland Deschain from reaching the titular tower – a nexus for alternate universes.

If McConaughey does end up signing onto the project, it will be the Dallas Buyer’s Club star’s first major franchise. Currently, he’s one of only a few A-list actors not involved in one.

The first film in The Dark Tower series will be based on The Gunslinger novel. Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script.

McConaughey has four films coming out in 2016 – Gold, The Free State of Jones, Kubo and the Two Strings and Sing.

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