‘The Crow’ Reboot Officially Loses Luke Evans
It wasn’t that long ago that we heard about the possibility of Luke Evans departing the long-gestating reboot of ‘The Crow,’ which seemed like odd timing, given that the project had just attracted a new (and Edgar Wright-approved!) director. But this weekend makes the news more official, as the ‘Dracula Untold’ star has decided to move on from the project, leaving the iconic role open once again.
The confirmation of Evans’ departure comes from TheWrap, which notes that Relativity Studios is currently seeking another star to fill the gothic leather and boots of Eric Draven, a.k.a. The Crow. The part was originated on the big screen by Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee), who famously passed away during filming. Tom Hiddleston was previously sought for the role of Draven, but passed on the project, although TheWrap reports that he had an “impressive makeup test.”
‘The Crow’ reboot has already passed through a couple of directors, with F. Javier Gutierrez recently leaving the project and being replaced by director Corin Hardy, best known for his music video work. This will be Hardy’s second feature film, following ‘The Hallow,’ which debuts this week at the Sundance Film Festival, and should give us more of an idea about his particular skill set—but Hardy was recommended to Relativity by Edgar Wright, which most definitely bodes well for the project.
Also on board is original comics creator James O’Barr, who will be acting as a creative consultant, which is another potentially promising element. Production on ‘The Crow’ reboot has been delayed to accommodate for Hardy, and it’s unclear when Relativity is hoping to release the film.
As for Evans, you can see him next in Ben Wheatley’s ‘High Rise’ (alongside Hiddleston), and plans to reunite with the beloved British director for his next film, ‘Free Fire.’