The Crow reboot can’t seem to catch a break in the leading man department, Jack Huston has become the latest actor to exit the long-gestating update on the classic cult movie.
Director Corin Hardy made the announcement via Variety;
“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow. The Crow is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
The exact reasons are currently unknown with only ‘scheduling issues’ being cited, Huston was revealed earlier this year as taking over the role following the departure of Luke Evans. Director Corin Hardy seems confident that losing Huston won’t delay production by a significant amount of time. According to multiple sources, the studio is keen on Jack O’Connell (Unbroken) and Nicolas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) as possible contenders for the role of Eric Draven.
In a neat bit of gender reversal, Andrea Riseborough is due to star as the villainous gang leader Top Dollar. In the original movie Michael Wincott played the gang boss responsible for the death of Draven and his girlfriend, Shelly. Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay is in talks to play Shelly, and Forest Whitaker is rumoured to be in line for an unspecified role.
I have a lot of love for the 1994 original, and not only because the movie tragically led to the death of its star Brandon Lee. The Crow is as important to superhero movies as Tim Burton's Batman; it showed Hollywood exactly how to adapt a grown-up comic book into an atmospheric movie. Three sequels and a TV series failed to match the grace and uniqueness of the original, so the reboot has very big shoes to fill indeed.
The Crow is tentatively set for a 2016 release.