Leeanda Reddy flew the South African flag high when they were among a group of South African actors who shared the screen with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in the Hollywood blockbuster film The Dark Tower.
The film, based on a series of books written by American author Stephen King, also stars Lemogang Tshipa and veteran actress Mary Twala and was shot in several locations across South Africa.
“It’s a kind of sci-fi film, which I wouldn’t usually do, but I enjoyed it immensely. We shot the film in the Cape Winelands which is just an incredible place to film. We are blessed with some amazing locations and you will see that in the film. I got to work with Idris and Matthew and they were incredible. Not only were they exemplary professionals but they were very approachable,” he said.
Robert played the role of a community leader in the film. He said the big budget given to the project meant filmmakers invested a lot into finding local talent, which he appreciated greatly.
Leeanda echoed Robert’s sentiments and said she was honoured to be part of the project.
“It was a great experience. It has fantastic actors and [features] South African actors. It’s a big thing for us to be featured in a blockbuster, so people should watch it and give us feedback,” she said.
The project’s production designer, Christopher Glass, said South Africa provided filmmakers with striking aesthetics for the film.
“In South Africa, we found otherworldly deserts – it was almost like being on Mars. The horizon just kept going. I’ve never seen anything like that before. I think that there’s a romance and a certain sense of adventure that goes into filming in Africa,” he said.
Idris Elba On The Movie
When it comes to The Dark Tower, Idris Elba wants you to know that, no, he doesn’t care if you hated the movie.
“Ultimately, everyone has an opinion and that’s okay,” explains the actor. But his live-and-let-live mentality about the film’s reviews does come with a grain of salt.
“I’d imagine that a film like The Dark Tower—if you know anything about the literature—it’s a very hard book to digest, and it’s definitely a hard book to adapt,” says Elba. “Until one of the reviewers that had something to say adapts it and does a great job, well I don’t want to hear what they have to say.”
Elba also says he got to hang out with Stephen King and confirmed his involvement in the upcoming TV series based on the book. “He’s very cool. He needs a hug,” Elba laughs. “He’s incredible. One of the most prolific authors of our generation.”
The Dark Tower is currently in cinemas.
Watch the trailer here: