Filming Locations: Where was The Dark Tower filmed?

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The film is based on the Stephen King fantasy book series dating back to 1982, spanning eight novels of horror and science fiction.

The story follows the quest of Roland, the last Gunslinger, looking for a magical building called The Dark Tower, to save his world before it's too late.

The Dark Tower location

The lead roles are played by Idris Elba (Prometheus, Pacific Rim) as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street) as the mysterious Man in Black, and Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha from Vikings), who plays Laurie Chambers, the mother of the boy Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor).

The Dark Tower was filmed in South Africa and New York. Most of the land of Mid-World was filmed in the vast landscapes of the southernmost African country, using Cape Town as headquarters:

The Dark Tower film location
Going north of Cape Town, some shooting took place at the Cederberg Mountains, famous for their peculiar rock formations.

Also, the crew built the Manni Village in a valley in Rawsonville (Worcester region).

The Parkhurst High School from Blood and Water Netflix series and The Kissing Booth city were also set in Cape Town.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Neville Nel

Where is The Dark Tower set
The production was also filmed at Tankwa Karoo National Park.

This area is known for its barren lands and for hosting the African Burning Man festival, the AfrikaBurn.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

Mid-World Scenery
Some scenes were filmed at the massive Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga, northeast of Johannesburg.

The Last Days of American Crime city from the Netflix action movie was set in the USA but the filmmakers shot a big section of the film in Johannesburg.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Mat Distef

Dutch Hill house
The house on Dutch Hill was filmed in a mansion at Stuyvesant Heights in Brooklyn, New York.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Google Maps

The Dark Tower house
A scene of destruction was filmed in the streets under the Manhattan bridge at Dumbo.
Image by Tino

Der Dunkle Turm drehort
Some other exteriors shot in NYC include Lexington Avenue and E 29th Street and the streets around Madison Square Park.
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures and Google Maps

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  1. I am from Mpumalanga and actually thought I was mistaken when i spotted the Pinnacle rock in one of the scenes until i came to this page and verified. The Pinnacle rock is in the Panorama Route (Mpumalanga) and its a beautiful scenery.

    1. We just paused the movie to come google as well and we saw your post. We have photos at the pinnacle so you can imagine how much hubby and I are showing off in the house


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