Image: Cabin in the Woods, Lionsgate
Image: Cabin in the Woods, Lionsgate

Fran Kranz (Dollhouse, Cabin in the Woods) has been cast in The Dark Tower as Pimli—but as a Pimli who doesn’t appear to be quite the same as he appears in the book.

For one thing, Pimli Prentiss isn’t described as a “man in his mid-thirties with tousled hair” as much as he is a old, overweight, and balding. Also, The Hollywood Reporter describes the movie Pimli as “the right-hand man of the Man in Black.” And while Pimli is an antagonist, that’s not really how his role works.


His casting also gives more insight into exactly which parts of the books are going to be in this movie. We already know it’s not an adaptation of the first book and that “a lot” of the movie will take place in the present day. Pimli shows up and does his thing in the seventh book (The Dark Tower), so we can probably safely say that it’s one of the plots being used in the movie. I wonder if we’ll actually see Pimli’s biggest plot moment in the movie or if he’s going to be an unrecognizable character.

Regardless, that sounds like we’ll Kranz act as a sidekick to Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black. I fully believe he’d steal the every scene as a comic-relief type lackey from almost anyone. I can’t wait to see him leverage all that skill in scenes with McConaughey.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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