It’s been a long and bumpy road for Relativity Media’s remake of The Crow. Over four years of development, the movie has had countless directors attached (from Stephen Norrington to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) and a host of potential lead actors (from Mark Wahlberg to Bradley Cooper to James McAvoy).

Recently, however, the movie has finally been able to get on track. With new director F. Javier Guttierez running the show, The Crow is now looking to cast its lead role and a new rumor suggests that the actor could be Avengers star Tom Hiddleston.

According to The Wrap, Hiddleston “recently had dinner with producers and sent them a makeup test that he did on his own in London.” The report also states that Hiddleston will “undergo a proper makeup test in the coming days.”

Hiddleston is a strong choice for the film for several reasons, the most obvious being the fact that he’s a very good actor. From his most notable work as the villainous Loki in Thor and The Avengers to his turns in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Hiddleston has an impressive resume of work. Plus, he’s obviously interested in the character; not every actor that will do their own makeup test for a chance at a role.

And that level of commitment is what really matters for The Crow. While some of the original film’s cult status can be attributed to the tragic death of Brandon Lee during filming, there’s no denying that people truly love the character of Eric Draven.

While “serious” comic book movies seem to be the norm now, The Crow‘s Eric Draven offered the kind of gritty, anti-hero that was ahead of its time. There’s a depth and darkness to Draven that could be ideal for Hiddleston, who won praise for making Loki a conflicted and jealous two-dimensional character rather than a cardboard cutout.

Given that the film is scheduled to begin production this fall, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear some more concrete news on casting in the next week or two. If Hiddleston does sign on for the role, we’ll have the report.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of Hiddleston tackling another comic book property in the comments below.

There’s currently no release date for the remake of The Crow.

Source: The Wrap