Jack Huston Cast in The Crow Reboot After Luke Evans' Exit?

Franchise creator James O'Barr is quoted as saying he is "really happy" with the choice

By Corinne Heller Mar 15, 2015 5:27 PMTags
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UPDATE: On March 23, Relativity confirmed that Huston will star in the remake.

Has the remake of the cult film The Crow found a new leading man?

The Hobbit star Luke Evans, 35, was in 2013 cast as main character Eric Draven, a musician and dark superhero with goth makeup who is hell-bent on avenging the death of his lady love. In January, The Wrap reported that he had exited the project, following the replacement of director F. Javier Gutierrez with Corin Hardy. Evans was recently cast in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast.

So who's taking his place in The Crow? On Saturday, the website Dreadcentral.com quoted James O'Barr, creator of the comic book series on which the franchise is based, as saying that "Jack Huston has definitely been cast," in the remake, which "will shoot in a couple of months."

Huston and the movie's director have not commented. The 32-year-old British actor is best known for his role as war veteran and criminal Richard Harrow on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.


O'Barr, who reportedly made his comments at 2015 Lexington Comic & Toy Con this weekend, is "really happy with that choice," according to Dreadcentral.com.

He is also quoted as saying that the film will be adapted directly from the original The Crow graphic novel, which is different from the plot of the cult 1994 film that starred Brandon Lee. The actor died at age 28 of an accidental gunshot wound while filming the movie.

The film spawned three sequels, The Crow: SalvationThe Crow: Salvation and The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and the franchise was adapted for a '90s TV series, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.

Cliff Dorfman, an Entourage and Warrior screenwriter, and Nick Cave, from the alternative rock band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, are penning the script for the reboot of The Crow. Cave had also penned screenplays for the movies Lawless and The Proposition.