The long (and somewhat painful) saga of the years-in-development reboot of The Crow only recently seems to have taken on a tangibly real sort of life. After losing directors (current helmer Corin Hardy replaced F. Javier Gutiérrez, who replaced Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who stepped in for Stephen Norrington) and potential leading men (Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy), director Hardy has been frank about his "emotional and brutal" approach to the material, and the project has the blessing of original graphic novel creator James O'Barr.
The most recent name said to be circling the role of murdered lover turned undead avenging dark angel Eric Draven is Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston and while the source comic's creator O'Barr has publicly advocated for Being Human star Sam Witwer to take the lead, a new report from James O'Barr himself seems to confirm that Huston is indeed taking the role.
According to Dread Central, the site caught up with O'Barr at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention in Lexington, Kentucky over March 14-15 and according to the author, “Jack Huston has definitely been cast.” O'Barr claimed to be "really happy with that choice" and stated that The Crow "will shoot in a couple of months."
While James O'Barr does indeed seem to be working closely on the reboot of The Crow, there has been no official word from Jack Huston's camp or that of Relativity Studios. It's probably wise to take this news with some salt, since Huston is just the latest in a string of actors to be connected to the often-stalled project.
Still, if The Crow loses the burgeoning star power of Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), it could be gaining a respected thespian in Jack Huston, who is the nephew of Angelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums) and the grandson of legendary director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon).
Jack Huston's drawing power as a leading remains unproven at this point, but he has been impressive in supporting roles which display a wide range, such as disfigured World War I veteran Richard Harrow in HBO's Boardwalk Empire and celebrated On The Road author Jack Kerouac in Kill Your Darlings. He's taking the lead in 2016's Ben-Hur remake, but that role is sure to be overshadowed by The Crow - should this report prove true.
After years of gestation, the timing is just right to revisit The Crow. The 1994 film from director Alex Proyas arguably defined the modern "dark, gritty" comic book movie before anyone realized how powerful such an approach could be.
Given the original's essentially forgotten follow-up sequels, anyone stepping into the role of Eric Draven will be compared to the sadly departed original star Brandon Lee, but of the many, many names who have come and gone, Jack Huston may just have the acting chops needed to make the part his own.
The Crow reboot is still in development, with no release date.
Source: Dread Central