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Jack Huston to star in “Crow” Reboot

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.

“The Crow” changes hands, director corin hardy takes over

The reboot of The Crow, based on James O’Barr‘s cult graphic novel, is one of those projects that feels like it’s been in the works forever. Countless different actors and directors have been connected and fallen away just as quickly. Luke Evans is the latest actor with any claim on the role as the man who is resurrected by a supernatural crow and takes revenge after watching his fiancée get murdered.

The stability of the project was brought into question again this week as director F. Javier Gutiérrez taken leave of the graphic novel adaptation. There has been some speculation that he was opting to work on the latest film in the Ring franchise, but there’s simply not enough evidence to support that.

But fear not, Crow fans. Doors shut and windows open and all that nonsense, as director Corin Hardy has now been attached to run the show. Gutiérrez has not washed his hands of the project entirely, and will apparently stay on as an executive producer. This may seem like a minimal detail but O’Barr, who is still on board as a consultant for the reboot, was singing the praises of Gutiérrez and his plans to make an entirely faithful adaptation of the graphic novel.

Relativity Studios’ decision to hire Hardy was due in no small part to recommendation made by fellow director Edgar Wright to producer Edward R. Pressman.

Hardy also has a project entitled The Hallow coming out next year, and is scheduled to start work on The Crow in the spring with an as yet unconfirmed release date.

If you want to see some of Hardy’s previous work, check out his animated short Butterfly below; or alternatively some of his music video work, which includes bands like The Prodigy, Keane and Biffy Clyro.

The original film adaptation of The Crow was released in 1993 with director Alex Proyas and starring the late actor Brandon Lee in his final film role.

Are you still excited to see The Crow fly again? Which actor would you like to see attached?