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First Look: Idris Elba As The Gunslinger in Upcoming Film 'Dark Tower'

Photos of the 'Luther' star on the film set have leaked.

Those of you who wouldn’t bat an eye at drinking Idris Elba’s bathwater will be thrilled to know that behind-the-scene photos of the British actor, clad in cowboy gear, on the set of South Africa-based film, The Dark Tower, have surfaced on the Internet.


It’s a first glimpse of the star, who also lent his voice as lion-villain Shere Khan in Jungle Book, and he looks quite convincing as the brawny gunslinger in the anticipated Sony film adaptation of Stephen King’s western-meets-fantasy eight-part series, which has taken three decades to get the big screen treatment.

Elba’s character will square off against the dubious “Man in Black” a.k.a. Walter Padick played by Matthew McConaughey.

It’s great to see the flick, directed by Nikolaj Arcel and due out in theaters February 2018, is finally in production after quite a bit of speculation, several false starts and studio changes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

See more pics of the Beasts of No Nation  and Luther  star on set over at Daily Mail.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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