Hiddleston recently had dinner with producers and sent them a makeup test that he did on his own in London. He will undergo a proper makeup test in the coming days, as the character’s appearance is important to fans of the franchise, who should be delighted with the casting of a major member of the Marvel universe.
There have been numerous directors (Stephen Norrington, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) attached to the project, as well as numerous actors (Mark Wahlberg, James McAvoy, Bradley Cooper) to play the role originally made famous by the late Brandon Lee.
Set to be directed by Spanish film maker F. Javier Gutierrez, the project has interested a lot of decent talent over the years, with Hiddleston being the most recent and most likely candidate for the role. When you consider the acting pedigrees of the actors who have circled the role, the film is pulling some big name interest. To my way of thinking, this is a good sign. It seems like Relativity Media is attempting to do this the right way and not go the cheap route like the sequels.
I know there are a lot of people who will just hate this project because they can. Do I personally feel this is necessary? No. But I feel that way about most remakes. As long as they don’t try to ‘remake’ The Crow and do a re-imagining, I can be on board with this. I feel that the original film is a piece of tragic history that will live on whether they make more sequels, reboots, re-imagining, what have you. A new film will not detract from the legacy of the original in any way, shape, or form.
The possible attachment of Tom Hiddleston is a step in the right direction. Not only is he a very decent actor, but I can see him as the character. He has the right look. I am actually excited about his possible involvement. Let’s hope he gets cast.
The film is set to shoot this fall, so there should start to be some announcements in the next week or two concerning casting. I know a majority of people will hate this news, but don’t judge the project before we know more. They may actually make a fantastic movie that lives up to the legacy of it’s predecessor. Of course, if they screw it up, I will certainly tell them what’s the what!