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Luke Evans Is The New Crow
UPDATE: Evans speaks!

07 May 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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Luke Evans, The Crow

Following the announcement of his casting over the weekend, Coming Soon grabbed Luke Evans at a Fast & Furious 6 junket to get the lowdown on the new Crow. "It was a very poignant film from my childhood which I remember vividly," Evans said. "It was such a solid performance that Brandon Lee gave. It was a very tragic end for somebody that would have had a very promising career. I'm [playing] Eric Draven; I'm the same character. Obviously he's been refreshed and brought up to date. We're re-imagining it to a certain extent, but the story and the plot is mostly the same."


After years of development hell, Relativity Media's new version of The Crow seems, finally, to have coalesced into a going concern. As we already knew, F. Javier Gutierrez (Before The Fall) is the film's director. But now we also, at longest last, have an actor signed and sealed to play the unfortunate anti-hero Eric Draven. The man in the corpse paint will be (*goth metal drum roll*) Luke Evans.

If that's a surprise to the world at large, it's apparently not a sudden decision on the part of the filmmakers, with Deadline claiming that Evans has been top of the wishlist for some time. He was thought to be out of the running due to his commitments to Dracula Year Zero (in which he plays Dracula) and the publicity treadmill for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (where he's Bard the Bowman) but the potential schedule clashes were avoided when Relativity pushed The Crow's start date to accommodate him.

This new Crow was kickstarted by Stephen Norrington in 2009, with the Blade director planning to shoot his own screenplay, which would have taken place in Detroit and the American south-west. Nick Cave wrote a draft in 2010, before Norrington walked over creative differences with the studio. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) signed on in early 2011, beating Gutierrez to the gig, but when Fresnadillo moved on later the same year, Gutierrez was back in the game.

During the Norrington days, we were briefly looking at Mark Wahlberg as our possible new Draven, and names in the hat since then have included Bradley Cooper, Channing Tatum, James McAvoy, Alexander Skarsgård and Tom Hiddleston.

But it's Evans who'll be playing the murder victim who returns from the grave to avenge his own death and that of his fiancée, gradually working through the jolly pirate club that did him in. There's an odd coincidence to the fact that he's also playing the Count in the Dracula origin story: for a long time that film was being developed by the original Crow's director Alex Proyas, but Evans only came to it under the aegis of current helmer Gary Shore.

A busy year for Evans, anyway, since aside from Dracula and The Hobbit, he's also on chief villain duties for Fast & Furious 6. You can check out his form in that one on May 17, with The Desolation Of Smaug due on December 13. Dracula Year Zero is currently in pre-production with a pencilled-in US release date of August 2014. If all now goes to plan, shooting on The Crow will finally get underway early next year.

If you want to sate your Draven cravings befoe then, Titan Books published a swish new expanded edition of James O'Barr's original graphic novel last year.


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RE: Why bother?
A better choice than Tom Hiddleston - though both are good actors More

Posted by buffster28 at 16:47 on 08 May 2013 | Report This Post

Why bother?
The original was a great film. It had its flaws but I think it still stands up. The sequels were TERRIBLE though. I just don’t understand why they would want to do a remake with the exact same plot and story as the first film. Why not try and do something fresh and different? If they can’t come up with something then don’t do it at all. I have no interest in seeing Luke Evans do the Brandon Lee story. More

Posted by beardyphysics at 12:52 on 07 May 2013 | Report This Post

Music?
a large part of The Crow's brilliance was the edgy soundtrack, reflecting 'alternative' music during the 90s. I'm not sure anything current would do the remake justice, unless The Cure, NIN, etc, pull out the stops again. More

Posted by Normal Control at 11:58 on 07 May 2013 | Report This Post

why!
hasn't he got a movie already coming out which is very very similar to the crow !?. By the time Crow comes out what will be new except the makeup?! Tom Hiddleston was a much better option!! I would of been interested in that movie. Ah well ! the Brandon one is still great. More

Posted by Dannybohy at 10:59 on 07 May 2013 | Report This Post

love itq
finally somebody that could do a good crow he has that dark look about him and if he can do dracula then he can do the crow and not to mention he is hot :) More

Posted by twilightlover27 at 18:59 on 06 May 2013 | Report This Post


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