Deadline reports that Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire") is up to take over the lead in the-long in development reboot of The Crow.
Welsh actor Luke Evans
has been set to take on the lead role of Eric Draven since 2013 with
the original plan to start production in early 2014. That never
happened..He had indicated that he may
have to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts caused by the
delayed production. It's now official.
Evans was the original choice for the role but scheduling issues kept him from being able to take the job. Thus The Avengers and Thor baddie Tom Hiddleston expressed interest in the part by even going so far as to send video of a makeup test that he did on his own in London to the production. Alexander Skarsgård was also rumored in contention for the role.
"The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus would play the role of 'James' No other details have been given regarding the character. role. Kristen Stewart was eyed for the role of 'Shelley,' at one time but producers have decided to move on.
Last December it was announced that music video director Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") will replace F. Javier Gutierrez at the helm Writer Cliff Dorfman was hired to pen the latest script following work by Jesse Wigutow.
Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Ryan Kavanaugh, Jeff Most and Jeff Waxman will produce the film.
This film certainly has had a strange journey...
Director Stephen Norrington was slated to helm the reboot at first from a script by Nick Cave At that point Mark Wahlberg was rumored to be interested in taking the lead role. Both Norrington and Cave left, replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Alex Tse respectively.
Actor Bradley Cooper actually signed on to play the title character. Then Cooper left due to scheduling conflicts with the now defunct "Paradise Lost" and Oscar contender The Silver Linings Playbook Wahlberg was linked a 2nd time but had 2 Guns and Broken City in his sights; Channing Tatum (who seems all wrong for the role IMHO) was also mentioned at one point recently and then came the legal tussel. James McAvoy ("Atonement," "X-Men: First Class") was rumored to be circling the lead--a notion that the actor denied.
Creator James O'Barr 's Gothic comic book series and the 1994 film from Alex Proyas-which became more known for the on set death of its star Brandon Lee,
follows rock musician Eric Draven who is murdered while trying to save
his fiancee from thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and
seeks revenge. That film spawned three sequels, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer, as well as a short-lived TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven starring Mark Dacascos.
last report, O'Barr will serve as a creative consultant on the reboot
which aims to be faithful to the original comics. He also apparently
confirmed that several scenes from the graphic
novel that never made it into the 1994 adaptation will be included, and
the film will be shot with 1970s-era film stock to give the it a "Taxi Driver" style look.
Blastr recently said that
O'Barr has reportedly had had contact with former "Smallville" and "Being Human" actor Sam Witwer for some time about the role and believes
the actor has "the look and ability" to portray Eric Draven.