The Crow reboot appears to have fully taken flight with the acquisition of its star. Yes, it seems that lanky goth kids in tattered black wardrobe held together with safety pins now have a potential new idol. Actor, Luke Evans has reportedly signed on to play the latest makeup-masked murdered manifestation of vengeance .
For Evans, who has seen his share of supporting roles in recent epics like Immortals, Three Musketeers, and Clash of the Titans, procuring this role is the latest in a string of high profile coups for upcoming films. Evans already has roles lined up in this month's Fast & Furious 6, a key role as Bard the Bowman in this winter's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (and its sequel next year), and as another Gothic horror icon, Dracula in next year's version of the vampire tale focusing on the historical figure who inspired the character, Prince Vlad. Thus, if you didn't know the name Luke Evans, then most likely by this time next year, it will be a name that could potentially be synonymous with perennial headliners of big-budget bonanzas.
Based off James O'Barr's comic book title and brandishing an iconic status thanks to the performance of the late Brandon Lee in the 1994 original, this remake of The Crow run by screenwriter, Jesse Wigutow and Spanish director, F. Javier Gutiérrez, not only made headlines with legal drama between Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company, but has facilitated a bizarre string of casting rumors. Starting a few years back with Bradley Cooper, the recent array of names spat out from the news cycles pointed to James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, and Alexander Skarsgård, all of which were subsequently shot down. (Although of all of them, the McAvoy rumor did seem to have legs.) Now, Luke Evans will be the face of this attempted resurrection of The Crow franchise once popularized by sequel movies and a TV series.
And, if the latest rumor uncovered by Latino Review proves true, then it seems that Evans' version of Eric Draven/The Crow will actually be a police officer who is murdered along with his fiancee. However, it seems that the bond they formed growing up together in an orphanage is what facilitated Eric's resurrection, giving this supposedly religious version of the character "ghostly" powers and a plot-centric explanation for the signature white makeup akin to The Invisible Man.
The Crow looks to take back the mantle of "edgy" Halloween costumes when it comes back to life at theaters on a date to be determined.