The long-gestating remake of The Crow has certainly faced a long and winding road toward production, despite the current trend towards remaking and rebooting seemingly every franchise from the 1980s and 1990s, Case in point, the project has now swapped directors multiple times; and most recently, Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) became the latest actor to pass the chance to play murdered rocker-turned undead avenger Eric Draven in the film, due to its slow progress.
Yet, the project has endured these difficulties; and now, director Corin Hardy will get his shot at realizing his own vision for the film (and how to make it distinctive from the original 1994 movie adaptation of the Crow comic property). Now it looks like Hardy's "emotional and brutal" take on the James O'Barr graphic novel may be close to finding its lead.
According to Deadline, Jack Huston is currently in early talks to take on the role of Eric Draven, originally brought to life by the late Brandon Lee. Huston is perhaps best known for his role as the masked assassin Richard Harrow on HBO series Boardwalk Empire, but he has also appeared in films like David O. Russell's American Hustle and the memoir Kill Your Darlings (the latter, alongside Daniel Radcliffe).
Huston's box office appeal is still untested in such a prominent role, but his star may well be on its way to rising fast. He will lead the Ben-Hur remake in 2016 and is costarring in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (expected to open this year), having previously been rumored for Marvel Studios roles like Star-Lord and Doctor Strange. At this point, The Crow would be gambling a bit by going with Huston over a more well-known lead, but there's every reason to think that he could prove himself to be a far more recognizable name by the time the film hits theaters.
Whether or not the Crow reboot will be worth all the build-up happening behind the scenes, that's another question entirely. Anyone who steps into the lead role on this franchise is already opening themselves up for comparisons to Lee; by that same token, though, perhaps a lesser-known face like Huston is just the right fit to slip into the part without the audience bringing in preconceived notions about his performance. As always, time will tell.
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The Crow reboot may finally entered production this spring. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates as this story develops.