Luke Evans Will Star in ‘The Crow’ Reboot

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Luke Evans Luke Evans Will Star in The Crow Reboot

Few reboots have seen as many casting rumors regarding its lead character as The Crow. Once upon a time, Bradley Cooper was attached to the film, which would reintroduce the character first brought to the big screen by Brandon Lee in 1994. That release is perhaps most infamous for the accidental death of Lee that took place during filming.

However, since Cooper dropped out, actors like James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard have all been rumored to lead the reboot, though no official casting announcements had been made. That all changes now, as the film – which will be directed by Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Gutiérrez – has apparently landed its star.

According to Deadline, Welsh actor Luke Evans (The Raven) has been cast as the vengeance-seeking character in The Crow. Evans was reportedly the first choice for the part but was unable to commit due to schedule conflicts. However, the film’s start date subsequently got pushed back in order to accommodate Evans, and the production is seemingly now back on track.

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It’s easy to see why Evans was initially unavailable to lead The Crow. The actor – best known at this point for his role as Zeus in the 2011 release Immortals – has since snagged a number of juicy parts. In the next year or so, he will appear as the lead villain in Fast & Furious 6, Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the title character in director Gary Shore’s Dracula origin story.

With that slate of films, Evans is an up-and-comer, to be sure. However, his casting here – in a much-discussed relaunch of a franchise with a cult following – is a tremendous vote of confidence in him by the creative team behind The Crow reboot. After all, the film has had a number of recognizable leading men attached to it over the years, and Evans is largely an unproven commodity as a leading man.

Still, the same could be said of Lee. His role in the original Crow film – the tragic circumstances surrounding it, notwithstanding – has certainly stood the test of time. Perhaps The Crow is the perfect launching pad for Evans to catapult his status from rising star to bonafide box office draw. Regardless, The Crow (especially being a film based on comic books) has a devoted cult following, and fans on both sides surely have their own opinions on how the character should be brought to life onscreen.

That being said, do you think Evans is the right man to help The Crow take flight? Sound off in the comments section below.


The Crow reboot does not currently have a release date, but now that the casting has begun, expect that to change soon. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest details.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Zeus! This guy’s perfect!

  2. I’ve heard he’s in The Hobbit, but I’m not sure what character he played.

    • He hasn’t appeared yet. He’s playing Bard the Bowman.

  3. No, he’s in negotiations, just as Deadline reports. He has not formally been cast yet. That’s why they call them ‘negotiations’.

    • Really?

    • He’s SIGNED.

      It’s a done deal.

      • No it’s not, not yet anyway. Screen Rants source is Deadline who say, quote:

        ” They are now in negotiations and I expect the deal to make.”

        That means the deal hasn’t been made yet which means it IS NOT a done deal deal yet.

  4. This will be interesting

  5. Crow reboot?? Yes please!

  6. okay. no problem with that. at least i think he fits the role

  7. Not a bad choice at all. It’ll be hard to top the Brandon Lee original but this should still be worth checking out.

  8. Luke Evans is an amazing actor…but am I the only one that thinks he looks like a dead serious version of Matthew Lillard?

  9. I have mixed feelings about this. Actor aside this is a strange situation for a movie which always concerns me. The people that know of it are aware of it due to the original movie more then the comic, it seems. I would think that Comic fans know the comic source but above average movie-goers just know the original movie. Just like Judge Dredd and to some extent Robocop and Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles (though the last two had cartoons and video games that help pull in fans as well.)

    Will the viewing audience be ready for something like this? They were luke warm for Dredd which was way better then the original but you still had people saying “ah I like the one with Stallone better, it was funnier…”

    The Original Crow was good but it cut out a lot of the source material, it seemed that a lot was filmed but had to be left out, not sure if it was due to Lee’s death or because of run time but the movie people saw was very very lean. If this new movie was able to incorporate all those missing elements essentially making it truer to the source will people be ready for that? Additionally this movie will most likely be rated R which means your advertising will be hampered, so how do you expand upon the relatively small people that know of this movie?

  10. I think I’ll be looking forward to this one. I’ll give Evans a chance. He looks like he could pull off a dark role. Plus, he’s got some action chops in him already.

  11. Nice! Finally this movie can move forward!

  12. I saw the movie last night. It was very sad to know that Brendan Lee died due to on-set accident. The Sequels of The Crow were never that good. Hope they will remake the original with a more darker theme.

  13. As with everything surrounding this “production”,
    I’ll believe it when I see it. And then I won’t see it.

  14. The crow, is a cult hit. There is no mass appeal. It will flounder at the box office.

  15. Why the heck does Hollywood keep resorting to doing Reboots (another term for Remake)? Total Recall etc? Lame.

  16. leave well enough alone NOBODY can do the job Brandon did

  17. Not looking forward to this whatsoever, The Crow should not be messed with.. they already made enough mistakes. Brandon Lee will always be the original Eric Draven. Its supposed to be dark and bleak, as James O’Barr made it!!

  18. if they manage to give skull cowboy actual screen time in this reboot i’ll be happy.
    his scenes were cut from Lee’s movie for whatever reason, in the original they were an important part of the films story and thats where the crow came from as it was passed on from skull cowboy to Eric, and skull cowboy loosely explains what’s happened and what needs to be done and that he can’t deviate from it.
    Evans is a better choice then the rest that have been rumored for the role other then Hiddleston as i think he would have been awesome as Eric Draven.
    this film doesnt need a really big name to help it sale as the source material if used correctly will do that.
    If they get the script right and add more source material it will be an awesome film but if they change things to accommodate people who know nothing of the character or to make the film more grounded it’s going to suck, the reboot needs to look and feel gritty as it did back in the original.
    whoever is writing the script needs to look at Lee’s film and the source material and mesh them together by getting rid of the weak bits of the film and replacing them with integral parts of the graphic novel and not make it a 1hr 30min kill fest but make it 2hrs long and show the emotional conflict that the character has with him being without the woman he loves and how he copes with being dead and having to do what he does to finally be at ease and pass on.
    the last couple of scripts that have been written have sounded pretty weak to me especially Norringtons lame excuse of a film.
    its been 5 years since Norrington planned to destroy the character and how many directors, actors and writers has there been since then because i have lost count, hopefully the new people on board do the novel and original film some justice and not majorly sucking giant donkey balls, and if that happens then it’s all good but Lee will always be the crow no matter how good this reboot is.

  19. um, why don’t they cast someone who has martial arts skills? that’s ultimately what made the crow the crow and why the sequels were so off.

  20. I am more ok with Evans than with any other actor rumored thus far, that being said, leave this movie alone. Make another sequel, there is no topping what the original did, every sequel we have seen has proven that.

    Stop rebooting good movies, remake the crappy ones that need improving.

  21. This is a movie that does not need remaking, rebooting, or redeuxing. Period. Nobody every gives Alex Proyas any props. Guy made an outstanding film. Was there _anything_ wrong with the original? How about the soundtrack? The writing? The emotional conflict? The sheer fun of a vengeance film vs. a bunch of jerks that had it coming? The understated supernatural element? The morality play? It should be remastered for HD and sound and re-released in theaters. One thing is certain: If Brandon Lee had not been tragically killed, he wouldn’t have done any sequels. Think about that. This material has gotten really good treatment, which in Hollywood, is rare. Come up with something else. Every sequel to The Crow has been a spit in the eye to the original. I’ll admit, I haven’t read the book–if there’s some story left to tell, that’s cool–but it doesn’t demand a remake. Is nothing sacred?

    • You really need to read the graphic novel. They left a lot out yes, but the underlying message was there. There will be no replacement for the first one but I am hoping to go see the reboot with the one I saw the first one with. It is worth seeing if they stay true to the novel and remember where the story has been.

  22. OK, so the character of the original crow is the lead singer of a band. That being said, who do I want to see in the role? Only an amazing actor and singer in a band: Jared Leto.

  23. I was really hoping that Tim burton would make the movie and have Johnny depp play as draven but, I think Evans would do really good and I’m just hoping the story will be kept on track. I’ve heard rumors of Bradley cooper being driven also? No, he would be perfect for top dollar

  24. leave the CROW alone NO ONE can match Brandon Lee ever.the sequels SUCKED

  25. Luke Evans for sure! He would make a great Eric Draven!