Following the recent exit of Luke Evans, the producers of The Crow remake have found their new leading man in the form of Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston. Without sounding disrespectful about Luke Evans, but I was quietly pleased when he announced he was no longer part of the remake as it just didn’t seem like a good fit.
Based on James O'Barr's comic book The Crow is the story of Eric Draven, a promising musician who is murdered on Devil’s Night along with his fiancée Shelly. One year after the brutal double murder, Draven is brought back from the dead to inflict his revenge on those responsible. The 1994 movie starred Brandon Lee as Eric Draven, an incorrectly deactivated live bullet claimed the life of Brandon Lee in a tragic on-set accident. The film spawned three sequels and a short lives TV spin-off, all failed to match the success or quality of the original that is still regarded as a cult classic.
The Crow remake has had a difficult time taking flight, a variety of different actors have been attached over the years with Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper being amongst the most high-profile. Jack Huston gave a phenomenal performance as Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire, Huston certainly has the range to give Draven the intensity mixed with heartbreak he requires. Jack Huston already has a leading role in big-budget remake on the go, he is currently filming Ben-Her for director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). Before that, Huston can be seen in Pride, Prejudice And Zombies alongside Lily James, Lena Heady and Matt Smith.
Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown-Findlay was recently reported to be in talks to play Draven’s fiancée Shelly. Directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), production on The Crow is due to start this year for an unspecified release in 2016.