According to The Crow creator James O’Barr, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) has “definitely been cast”. This information comes from the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention, where O’Barr dropped the news.
According to Dread Central, who broke the news:
O’Barr said that “Jack Huston has definitely been cast,” that he was “really happy with that choice,” and that the film “will shoot in a couple of months.” He also said the film will essentially be a straight adaptation of his original graphic novel, which differs quite a bit from the (still awesome) 1994 Brandon Lee vehicle.
Now, before we get too excited by this news, let’s all remember that rumors swirled about Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), and Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies). Hiddleston actually make-up tested and Evans was actually cast, but recently dropped out. So, let us not all hold our breath here.
What is intriguing is that O’Barr stated that the film was to begin production this spring. If that is the case, then the casting of Huston should be firm. Of course, I’m not going to stake what little reputation I have on it. Why? Because prior to little know Huston, the studio was looking for a big name actor to take the part. Cooper is huge, as is Hiddleston. Evans is on his way up, having starred in two of the three The Hobbit films, as well as the big bad in Fast 6 and Dracula Untold. Huston has had smaller roles, but his most prominent is in Boardwalk Empire.
Of course, Brandon Lee was known mainly for being Bruce Lee’s son and had not appeared in a blockbuster prior to The Crow.
So, Relativity Media, here is a shout out to you. A challenge, if you will. Since you have the rights to The Crow, how about you use that and give us the Director’s Cut of The Crow: City of Angels. Rumor has it that the original 160 minute cut (versus the 84 minute theatrical cut) is a far superior film and is quite different than the studio cut that tried to replicate the original.