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.
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.