Walter (Matthew McConaughey) and Roland (Idris Elba) in Columbia Pictures THE DARK TOWER.Matthew McConaughey could've played Chris Pratt's dad in "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2." Instead, Kurt Russell will play Star-Lord's father -- aka Ego the Living Planet --and McConaughey will be the Man in Black in "The Dark Tower."

Why say no to Marvel?

In a new interview with Playboy (via Collider), McConaughey explained why he ditched the "Guardians" sequel for the Stephen King adaptation:

"I like 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' but what I saw was 'It's successful, and now we've got room to make a colorful part for another big-name actor.' I'd feel like an amendment. 'The Dark Tower' script was well written, I like the director [Nikolaj Arcel] 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" -- starring Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain -- is now scheduled for release July 28, a push-back from its previous February date. According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will be followed by a spinoff TV show. Meanwhile, the "Guardians" sequel opens May 5.

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