Tom Hiddleston in Talks to Star in ‘The Crow’ Remake

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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.

Loki Tom Hiddleston in The Avengers Tom Hiddleston in Talks to Star in The Crow Remake

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.

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Source: The Wrap

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  1. This is one of my top three movies OF ALL TIME. It was perfect. I don’t see any way they can improve it. Brandon Lee gave such a haunting performance, he perfectly captured the essence of the character, the emotion. It is one of the few cases that I like the movie better than the source material.
    We’ve seen what happens when they revisit this franchise. The sequels were proof they cannot recapture what made the original so amazing. The second one wasn’t bad, but it was nowhere near the quality of the original. The third was campy as hell and the fourth one was just plain stupid. I never even watched the show.
    They should just re-release the original. Remaster it and update the CGI.

    • So true!

    • Agree !

    • I completely agree with you. Why screw up the franchise any more than it already is? And not only that, but NOBODY could EVER replace Brandon Lee as Eric Draven, so why bother trying? The Crow is my favorite movie of all time and it shouldn’t be messed with. This movie, should it ever come out, will be as stupid and pointless as that idiot Man of Steel crap that DC insists on rolling out….

      • Oh so it will be good cause man of steel was Awsome

      • Oh so it will be good cause man of steel was Awsome and I’m shaky about them remaking one of my all time favorites but its gunna get done so guess we may a swell accept it and man of steel was the best superman movie to date

      • Oh so it will be good cause man of steel was amazing and I’m shaky about them remaking one of my all time favorites but its gunna get done so guess we may a swell accept it and man of steel was the best superman movie to date

      • Oh so it will be good cause man of steel was amazing and I’m a long time superman fan and gotta say the man if steel was by far the best movie made the crow ill be honest was my favorite movie ever so I’m nervous about a remake but It’s gunna get made so I guess we should except it

      • Oh so it will be good cause man of steel was amazing and I’m a long time superman fan and gotta say the man if steel was by far the best movie made the crow ill be honest was my favorite movie ever so I’m nervous about a remake but It’s gunna get made so I guess we should except it.

        • STOP SPAMMING THIS REPLY FOR GOODNESS SAKE!

  2. The original was good but It’s over rated. I do agree with some people that remakes are , everywhere now. But I’m game I happen to like Tom as an actor.

    • I discovered Tom when I first watched the Avengers. THEN I saw Thor and thought, “…I have much to learn, master.” He is without a doubt one of my FAVORITE actors. I can only hope and dream and pray 2 work with him one day!

  3. I think that Stuart Townsend would make a great choice, he has the physicality and depth to play Eric Draven just watch queen of the damned and you’ll see why.

    • Yea, but remember how long ago QOTD was. Townsend these days, not too sure he could pull it off. It might require too much movie magic which could ruin it.

    • Wait, I need to re-read your statement to be certain. *Re-reads, extremely slowly. As slow as a toddler learning to figure sums.*

      Yes, you actually just suggested that people watch ‘The Queen of The Damned’.

      *Blinks in utter confusion*

      *Checks pulse*

      Yes, it appears normal; apparently I am still among the living.

      *Looks about*

      No, there does not appear to be a zombie apocalypse occurring. At least not from what I can tell.

      *Blinks rapidly*

      Perhaps there is some confusion cupcake — but did you actually INTEND for people to watch ‘The Queen of the Damned’ …willingly?

      The film ‘The Queen of the Damned’? The one adaptation that was NOT done by Anne Rice and essentially has NOTHING to do with her brilliant novels or other extraordinary work?

      *Twitches*

      Is that truly the BEST role to showcase Mr. Stuart Townsend? Is there nothing else? A soap advert perhaps? Something for mildew scum? Anything? Anything? Anything? Starting to feel like Ferris here!

      Surely there is SOME THING?! ANY thing? No?

  4. YES! The biggest yes ever! I think he would be magnificent in the role and like the article said it, he is an amazing actor.

    I am behind this 100%. I loved the original and I think Tom would give justice to the character and the original.

    Oh and typo in the article: jealous two-dimensional character

    I assume it was meant to be “three-dimensional”.

  5. As a huge fan of The Crow, I think this is much-needed. The original film, while good can only stand in the shadow of the comic.

  6. I’m sure Tom Hiddleston would be awesome as The Joker for the next Batman trilogy/reboot .

  7. This would be FANTASTIC.

  8. Hiddleston is an excellent actor. This guy will do well at whatever he does, he’s just a class act. I think this is a great move.

  9. This is one Movie that does’nt need a remake!!
    It’s legendary!!

    Please make new original movies and stop with the remakes… what a lack of imagination…

    • But remakes and riffing on old ideas has been going on for centuries.

      If not for Pocahontas, we wouldn’t have Dances With Wolves and Avatar amongst others.

      Robocop was described by the director of the original as his take on a modern Jesus tale, which itself is copied from ancien stories from Mesopotamia and Sumeria of a demi-god born of a virgin who was sacrificed by the unbelieving rulers of the day and was resurrected.

      • Man…
        That is too deep… lol…
        And don’t get me started with that new -horrible- Robocop wanabe…
        Just respect the Real McCoy – my opinion.

        ;)

      • Avatar was more than a bit sh*te so BAD example!

    • @Gualter
      Argeed!
      A new Crow would be better then re-doing the original & re-using the names from it.
      A few of the hollywood remakes aren’t bad but would be better suited as sequels or prequels to the originals.
      I mean why not when hollywood clearly has better movie making abilities now then back when. So why not just continue by adding a new chapter instead of re-doing a previous one.

  10. The first Crow movie was perfect, timeless, the effects are holding up, and with the added mystique of what happened with the lead actor, nothing could improve it.

    Waste of time and resources. Hollywood, do something original, or remake something that was BOTCHED the first time around, not great. Milking a franchise name for the next cash grab, is all they want do.

    • I agree wholeheartedly. The Crow is my favourite film of all time. The only way they can make a remake (which I hope they don’t) be as good as the original is if the lead actor died in that too ( which I hope they don’t).

      • Wait, what?

        How does a person dying for real improve a movie’s quality? I just….I just understand that sort of (il)logic.

        Anyway, The Crow isn’t really a cash grab is it? The original is a cult hit, just like the original Evil Dead trilogy but when it opened this past thursday, there were a few teens there who had never heard of Evil Dead until they paid to see the remake.

        If it was a huge movie that everyone has heard of regardless of age then sure, I could sort of understand the cash grab comments but I think of it more as an opportunity to get a whole new fanbase thanks in part to a great actor that people have seen now thanks to a few roles mentioned in the article.

        Maybe that in turn will get people looking up the original and enjoying that too?

        • Part of WHY the original was such a cult hit was because of Lee’s death during filming. As illogical as it is, people are drawn to the macabre, and to the rumors and legends that build up around it. Brandon Lee’s performance may be what gave the original staying power, but it was his death that launched the film into initial infamy.

          That being said, if they’re going to make a reboot (*NOT* the same as a sequel), I can’t think of anyone better suited to the role than Hiddleston. Having seen him in everything from Suburban Shootout years ago to Avengers and Hollow Crown just this last year, I firmly believe he has the acting capability to take on the role of Draven.

          That and I would really like to see him in that make-up. :P

          • That’s not even true. This movie was not a hit because of his death. When I saw it I loved it and I didn’t even know he died while making this film. It was the time frame when it came out.

        • From what I remember reading about the original script and direction of the film Brandon Lee’s death played a big part in how the movie had to be re-shoot and edited. The initial version of the film had a very different take then what was released, and that added with the mystique around the film and the two deaths that occurred while shooting may have just up the ante as an urban legend type deal.

          With that said James O’Barr wrote other Crow stories that did not involve Eric Draven, but since all the other attempts at using the concept for other movies and television shows did not come off well, they are of course going to try and use the version with name value. At this point though I don’t see the need to do the Crow again, and despite the vocal minority that supports these remakes on the Internet they have not been financial successes.

  11. he was my favorite character in Thor but id rather see James McAvoy in that spot. Tom would be a close second especially when you think about the other guys who were considered and totally suck *coMarkWahlbergugh*

    • I really haven’t seen McAvoy in anything that’s shown his acting range enough to impress me so I’m glad that Hiddleston seems more likely.

      Hiddleston to me is more like Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, actors who had a Shakespearean background and used it to massive success to give us outstanding performances in otherwise flat and lifeless characters.

      McAvoy is sorta like Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler etc. Actors that get a lot of jobs but you never think of them as being particularly talented, they’re just….there.

  12. He may look the part but I don’t like the idea of a remake.

  13. He was so thankful for his opportunity to play “Loki” and the fans for supporting him. Seems like a guy with a personality to match his acting, great!

  14. Honestly sometimes I wonder if people would look at The original crow the same way if Brandon lee did not die while filming it. Yes the original was amazing but i think it is stupid not to try and remake the crow. It is like people saying not to make anymore batman movies since heath ledger did so good. There are actors who I think have the skill to make an excellent new crow, I don’t care if its as eric draven or even maybe a girl. I just think they should make a new crow film

    • I’be always wanted to see a female Crow. Still, that goes with the idea that they should add to the franchise instead of rehashing the same. The original is the way it should be and should not be redone, just make a sequel.

  15. ” i don’t want to live on this planet anymore “

  16. Just re-watched the original recently and it holds up very well. Still an excellent watch. That said, I wouldn’t mind a reboot with Hiddleston in the lead. It would truly introduce the character to a new generation since very few people are even aware of the crappy sequels and the original is nearly 20 years old.

  17. I agree with a comment above, why remaking/rebooting the great ones, they should stand alone as modern classics,remake/reboot crap, improve them, weve got a lot of these, please reboot daredevil, he is such a good character, he deserves it, please reboot the ghost rider, dark, bloody , gritty, c mon, make some justice, and above all, reboot SPAWN!!!, those characters deserve a better go at the movies….

    • I agree Spawn does need a touch up bad but so does The Crow man. Not so much the original but its sequels in the worst way you have to remember O’Barr made multiple Crow comic books and keeping it tied down to his first just because of the original Crow isnt really far to him you know? Dont get me wrong I love the Crow and I loved Brandon Lee but its been a long time man Id more than welcome a revisioning of the original Crow the same way I loved the idea of the Batman Begins series even though a lot of people hated it. Dont hate it until you give it a try man lol

  18. before I saw the receipt 4 $5538, I didnt believe …that…my neighbours mother woz like they say truley receiving money in their spare time from there computar.. there uncles cousin had bean doing this for only about sixteen months and just paid the mortgage on there mini mansion and purchased a top of the range audi. this is where I went, kep2.com

  19. Honestly I dont mind this. Im a life long Crow fan I loved all of them honestly even if some of them didnt tell the story as well as they shouldve or just used a bad cast they still had a unique place in my heart. The Crow deserves a good reboot with a movie thatll truly give the original Crow and the Comic Book series justice. Just think of Batman.. people reacted the same way when the Nolan brothers took on the caped crusader and look how amazing that series turned out! So instead of taking it as an insult to Brandon Lee’s memory and the series as a whole.. just look at it the same way you looked at the Dark Knight (rest in peace Heathe Ledger.) The show must go on!

  20. He’s not Brandon Lee. Any attempt to imitate his performance will only be an anemic interpretation of a legend. Brandon Lee made The Crow magical. How can anyone follow in his footsteps? Beware, this movie will either be a huge success or a huge flop.

  21. No. Just, no.

    ….

    That is all.

    {Drea}

    Post Script ~ Alright somebody made me feel bad.

    Here is my reasoning why they should NOT remake The Crow:
    The original still looks good and stands the test of time, films should not just be remade because “people LOVED them the first time around” and some jackhole studio wants to make some money by “betting on a sure thing”, the new film process makes it darn near impossible to get that same type of dark lighting it would need to do it properly (think the lighting in Alien vs. Prometheus!).

    And last but never least: The subject matter means people either will:

    a) Shy away from it causing it to bomb at the box office (think: ‘The Lovely Bones’; an incredibly well-made film that heartrendingly tanked because the subject was far too dark for the “average” person to stomach) and everybody involved with the film regretted their involvement for the rest of their lives.

    b) Those involved with the film know the possibility of that first example so they try and sugar-coat the darker aspects by downplaying them greatly, pissing off the original fans completely.

    c) They patronise the audience so blatantly, that they leave the fans completely disgusted with the portrayal in the film when they should be more disgusted at how society treats these types of people who are subjected to such abuse.

    And that is, as they say: all.

  22. how dare you a**holes even attempt to remake this…. as if the horrible HORRIBLE sequels weren’t offensive enough (Edward Furlong as the Crow?? I mean c’mon) there’s no reason to even do this. Brandon Lee is The Crow, he is Eric Draven LEAVE IT AT THAT YOU MONEY HUNGRY WASTES OF OXYGEN!

    • I think it’s great they’re remaking it!
      It’s better than all those s***** sequels, of course you can never replace
      Brandon Lee as the original but the fact that they’re thinking of bringing in
      T.H is gonna make it even better…
      They probably think because it’s been 20 years
      that it is time for a remake?
      The remakes gonna be awesome with one of the best actors around
      It’s better than them forcing a sequel with a weak plot and weak imitation of Brandon Lee’s Erik Draven y’know?

    • It’s better than all those s***** sequels, of course you can never replace
      Brandon Lee as the original but the fact that they’re thinking of bringing in
      T.H is gonna make it even better…
      They probably think because it’s been 20 years
      that it is time for a remake?
      The remakes gonna be awesome with one of the best actors around
      It’s better than them forcing a sequel with a weak plot and weak imitation of Brandon Lee’s Erik Draven y’know?

  23. I love this movie, and I love Tom Hiddleston! He dedicates so much of himself to every role he plays. Such a poetic movie deserves an actor that will pour his soul into the role. Although loved the original actor and movie, Tom would be an amazing choice!

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