Luke Evans: From ‘The Raven’ to ‘The Crow’

Bryan Enk
Movie Talk

The long-planned and oft-delayed reboot of "The Crow" might finally be ready to fire it up as Luke Evans has officially joined the production in the lead role of Eric Draven.

"The Crow," based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, takes place in a run-down, near-dystopian Detroit where crime rules the streets -- and there's no RoboCop to keep something resembling law and order. Eric Draven and his fiance Shelly Webster are murdered by thugs the night before their planned Halloween nuptials; one year later, Eric rises from the grave to avenge their deaths, guided by a mysterious crow that serves as his link between the land of the living and the dead.

The role of Eric Draven was originally played by the late, great Brandon Lee in director Alex Proyas' highly stylized 1994 cult classic. The production became notorious after an on-set accident involving a misfiring weapon left Lee dead at the age of 28. "The Crow" was followed by three sequels, all of which are better left unmentioned.

Several actors have been attached to the role of Eric since the reboot was announced, including Bradley Cooper and Mark Wahlberg. The project has picked up steam in the last month with both James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard being mentioned as candidates for the part, but it looks like Luke Evans will be playing our rock musician turned undead avenger. Evans was reportedly the original first choice for the role since the project's inception but his busy schedule prevented him from signing on until now.

Luke Evans knows his dark-colored birds, as he was recently the best (and perhaps only) good thing about "The Raven," the film that tried to turn Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) into a gothic action hero. Evans will be seen later this month as the heavy in "Fast & Furious 6," opening May 24, and later this year as Bard the Bowman in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," opening December 13.

Production on "The Crow" is set to commence early next year under the direction of F. Javier Gutiérrez . . . unless it all falls apart again. But hey, it can't rain all the time, right?