Welsh actor Luke Evans has been making a number of headlines recently. Firstly he has been cast to play Prince Vlad in Dracula, and there has been plenty of clips and trailers for his violent new horror No One Lives. Also appearing in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit as Bard the Bowman and playing the villain in Fast & Furious 6, Evans has previously been seen in films including Immortals, The Raven and Clash of the Titans. Now, according the Deadline, he may be set to take on his most challenging role yet.
Deadline reports that Evans in now in final negotiations to star as Eric Draven in F. Javier Gutierrez’s (Before the Fall) remake of Alex Proyas classic film, The Crow for Relativity Media. The site is also saying that they believe Evans will sign on for the role. This comes after a number of different casting rumours have been flying around. Bradley Cooper was first named to be playing Eric Draven quite some time ago, and since then James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and most recently Alexander Skarsgard have been attached to the film. Evans is looking like the likely actor, and production on the remake has even been pushed back to early next year in order to secure him for the role.
The original The Crow was a true cult classic, and is a dangerous choice of film to consider remaking. Fans hold the original film dear to their hearts, so the remake will no doubt be eyed with caution. Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) directed the original film with an incredible style and brilliance, and with the film being Brandon Lee’s final acting role which ended in tragedy, the film has a reputation and incredible legacy amongst genre fans. I adore the original, and am still baffled as to why a remake is needed. However, Evans is becoming an interesting actor, and he just might pull off a good performance of the murdered rock star Eric Draven.
Here is the synopsis for the original 1994 film:
A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante’s invincibility.