It’s been a long, gruelling decathlon for the Crow reboot, going through multiple staff and development setbacks. But now the final nail has been hammered into the coffin – that’s not negative, the film’s about a guy who comes back from the dead – with the announcement that the make-up donning anti-hero will be played by Jack Huston.
Empire has reported that the young up and comer has finalised a deal to take on the role of Eric Draven, a rock star who is murdered by a gang and is brought back from the dead to exact some freaky revenge.
Huston will be joining The Hallow helmsman Corin Hardy, the latest and hopefully final director to be attached to the project. The actor’s name has been in the pool for the role for a good while now, and he was even semi confirmed for the gig by original graphic novel scribe James O’Barr, who was dropping Jack Huston bombs all over the place. O’Barr has been deeply indeed with the reboot, ensuring that the plot and tone stay as close to the graphic novel, which is a good reason to get super excited about this project.
But don’t expect to see Huston getting into his blacks and leathers too soon. The actor’s got a whole stack of work coming up, which can I lay have been helpful in securing him the Crow gig. It might also have helped that he’s a lot of these projects are book adaptations, like Nicholas Spark‘s The Longest Ride, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from Seth Grahame-Smith. What else? The reboot of Ben-Hur? That do anything for you?
Before you start breaking out the congratulations for Huston, this won’t be an easy role to take on. The original Crow movie from 1994 is a hallowed cult classic and as much affection is felt for the late original actor Brandon Lee as there is for Eric Draven. So the task for Huston will be taking the role his own direction while still remaining faithful to the subject matter. Will he be up for the challenge? We’ll have to wait and see.