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Whoever's in charge of casting on the new movie of The Crow has, we'd suspect, had easier jobs. When the project was first mooted, there was talk of Bradley Cooper taking on the lead role (made famous on the big screen, of course, by the late Brandon Lee). But then when Cooper ultimately passed (not that he ever committed, to be fair), Luke Evans signed up to take the part on. Evans hinted he was quitting The Crow at the end of last year, and did indeed walk away from the movie. And with actors such as Tom Hiddleston linked, it was eventually Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston who agreed to take the lead role on.
Huston was the latest in a long series of Hollywood stars in line to play undead vigilante Eric Draven, a role famously played by Brandon Lee in a 1994 cult classic.
Boardwalk Empire star Huston was confirmed for the role earlier this year, but TheWrap reports that scheduling conflicts will prevent him from remaining on board.
Luke Evans was officially attached to play Eric »
Something is really giving Relativity a hard time as it tries to assemble a reboot of The Crow. The film, based on the comic series by James O’Barr which led to the 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, has been in development for years. A dizzying array of directors and actors has been attached to the project in that […]
- Russ Fischer
Huston was set to play the title role made famous by the late Brandon Lee in the original film, but has had to drop the project due to scheduling issues around other projects. Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is directing the film.
On Huston’s departure, Hardy told Variety: “Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow….The Crow is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
Relativity Studios, who are making the film, also said on Huston’s departure: “Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future… »
- Scott J. Davis
Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow has lost another leading man. According to Variety, Jack Huston has had to step away from the project because of scheduling conflicts. Huston (Boardwalk Empire, American Hustle) would have played the lead role of Eric Draven; a guitarist who is murdered along with his girlfriend, and is resurrected one year later to seek vengeance on their killers. “Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow,” Hardy said in a statement. “‘The Crow’ is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.” Apparently Relativity is already looking at Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell, among others, as possible replacements. Earlier today we found out that Forest Whitaker was in talks to play Ernie Hudson »
Relativity is once again searching for a new actor to star in its remake of “The Crow,” as Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) has exited the project due to a scheduling issue, TheWrap has learned. Corin Hardy is directing the movie, which is a remake of Alex Proyas’ 1994 classic based on the comic by James O’Barr. Brandon Lee starred alongside Michael Wincott and Ernie Hudson in the original movie. Andrea Riseborough and Forest Whitaker are in talks to take on Wincott and Hudson’s respective roles as villain Top Dollar and cop-turned-ally Sgt. Albrecht. Also Read: Forest Whitaker in Talks »
- Jeff Sneider
The “Boardwalk Empire” star was slated to take on the role originated by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film of the same, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues. “The Crow” is currently in pre-production in Wales.
“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on ‘The Crow,'” said director Corin Hardy in a statement. “‘The Crow’ is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”
Relativity Studios is backing the film, and is eyeing Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell, among others, as possible replacements. The studio is currently in negotiations to bring Forest Whitaker on board the project in another role, according to a source close to Relativity. »
- Brent Lang
Sonny “Sundown” Garcia is the top cocaine distributor in the United States, which has made him a very rich and powerful man. It has also made him plenty of enemies. John Doe is just such a man. A nameless man of mystery, John lives to see Sundown not just dead, but to suffer six meaningful losses before his death—his fortune, his freedom, his love, his reputation, his most valuable possession and, finally, his life. John hires six hit-men, each one assigned to inflict one of the six meaningful losses upon Sundown. Starring: Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Swordfish), Dominique Swain (Face/Off, Lolita), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) & Bai Ling (The Crow, Anna and the King) »
After a stint in development hell, "The Crow" remake is now flying, for better or worse. Jack Huston is locked down in the lead role, and the movie's big baddie has been found, and it's being given an interesting gender switch. Deadline reports that Andrea Riseborough is in talks to play Top Dollar. A dude in the comics, and played by Michael Wincott in the 1994 movie, the character is the gang boss who murders Eric Draven and his girlfriend. When Draven returns in full goth as The Crow, he sets his sights on Top Dollar seeking justice and revenge. And I have to say, as disinterested in this movie as I am, the little twist on the villain is nifty. Corin Hardy ("The Woods") is directing the film which will land in cinemas probably next year sometime. Thoughts? Does this news make you slightly more optimistic? Hit up the comments section and let us know. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Birdman actress will play villain Top Dollar in the adaptation of James O'Barr's comic book, Deadline reports.
The role was played by Michael Wincott in the 1994 film, but the character will be rewritten as a woman in the updated version.
Corin Hardy is on board to direct the film, which centres around a murdered man who comes back to life to exact his revenge.
The remake will be adapted directly from the graphic novel rather than the 1994 cult film, which starred Brandon Lee. »
I didn't really have much interest in a remake of The Crow to begin with, and watching so many directors and actors join and leave the project certainly didn’t help. However, Luke Evans was attached to star for so long that it was hard not to warm up to the idea of him playing Eric Draven. But, of course, then he dropped out in January and we got Jack Huston instead. I'm sure he scored the role for a reason, but as someone who didn’t watch him in Boardwalk Empire or pay much attention to his big screen work, he certainly doesn't spark the hype that Evans, Alexander Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, etc. did. But, a new casting report just surfaced for a different role and it's actually got me interested in the project again. [caption id="attachment_220529" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] According to Deadline, Andrea Riseborough is currently in »
- Perri Nemiroff
Long in development, a new iteration of The Crow is finally underway with director Corin Hardy helming, and Jack Huston and Jessica Brown Findlay set to star as the doomed lovers whose deaths the former will return from the grave to avenge. Who will be responsible for their cruel fate? In Alex Proyas’ 1994 favorite Michael…
- Samuel Zimmerman
According to Deadline, Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow, which will star Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston as the doomed Eric Draven. Riseborough ( Birdman, Oblivion, Disconnect, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go) would play a character named Top Dollar, who was originally written as a man and was played by Michael Wincott in the first adaptation back in 1994. Top Dollar runs a crime syndicate, and is indirectly responsible for the deaths or Draven and his fiancée Shelly (Jessica Brown Findlay). The remake is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Jeff Waxman. James O’Barr is also on board as a consultant. The Crow will take flight in 2016. »
Draven is a man who comes back from the dead to avenge his girlfriend's death after both were killed in a deadly attack.
Riseborough would play Top Dollar, the head of the syndicate responsible for the attack and a role which was played by Michael Wincott in the previous 1994 film adaptation.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The reboot of comic book movie franchise The Crow just got a lot more interesting. As if the presence of Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston as the title avenger wasn’t enough to thrill you, then how about the actress producers are pursuing as the villain? If they have their way, brilliant character actress Andrea Riseborough will take the role of crime lord and nemesis Top Dollar.
Brit Riseborough has built a reputation as a chameleonic talent over the years, with performances in Brighton Rock, Shadow Dancer and Made In Dagenham as distinctive from each other as it’s possible to get. Should she agree to sign on, she’ll be playing a part last seen in the guise of Michael Wincott in the 1994 original. Seems screenwriter Claire Wilson and director Corin Hardy are reworking the material in more ways than one.
Based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel, »
- Steve Palace
It's been a bumpy road to production for the planned reboot/remake/whatever we're calling it of The Crow. However, with Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston now locked in the title role, and Corin Hardy set to direct, it looks like it's finally all systems go on the new film.
The latest piece of casting news is that Andrea Riseborough is signing up to play the movie's villain. She's taking on the role of Top Dollar in the movie. Previously Top Dollar has been male, and was played by Michael Wincott in the original film. The character was beefed up for that 1994 movie too, becoming the chief of a drugs syndicate, as opposed to a low level drug dealer as he was in the comics.
Relativity Studios is finally moving forward with a remake of 1994 cult classic The Crow, having set Boardwalk Empire alum Jack Huston to star alongside Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey). Tonight brings intriguing news that the project is about to cast another key role, albeit in a very different way than the original. Andrea Riseborough, hot off a succesful Oscar season with Best Picture victor Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), is in talks to play the villainous Top Dollar in the redo, according to Deadline.
In the novel and the ’94 film, Top Dollar was the (male) leader of a criminal syndicate responsible for torturing then killing the girlfriend (Findlay) of former rock star Eric Draven (Huston). The Crow heats up when Draven comes back from the dead, resurrected thanks to a mysterious bird, to take vengeance on Top Dollar and the rest of the thugs. Michael Wincott played Top Dollar in the original film, »
- Isaac Feldberg
With a new tragic hero firmly on board in the shape of Jack Huston, director Corin Hardy is looking to make an interesting choice for his new version of James O’Barr’s The Crow. He has Oblivion’s Andrea Riseborough in talks to play the main villain.This could be a fascinatingly fresh take on the character of Top Dollar, as portrayed in the 1994 version by Michael Wincott. In the graphic novel, Top Dollar is the head of a crime syndicate responsible for the brutal murder of rocker Eric Draven and his fiancée, with Draven brought back to supernatural life to avenge the killings.Hardy has Claire Wilson working on the latest draft of the script, which will follow the graphic novel even more closely than Alex Proyas’ effort thanks to O’Barr’s contributions as consultant. Relativity Studios is backing this one, with the cameras expected to start »
Exclusive: Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in The Crow, the revamp of the fantasy pic that The Hallow‘s Corin Hardy is directing. Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston is already aboard to play Eric Draven, portrayed by Brandon Lee in the 1994 original. Claire Wilson wrote the adaptation based on James O'Barr's graphic novel. Riseborough would play Top Dollar, who in the novel and the original movie was the baddest of the bad… »
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, and Zack Snyder have all done what most superhero junkies could only dream of doing: direct a Batman movie. But there was one other filmmaker privileged enough to have suited up the masked manhunter for cinema, achieving almost overnight success in 2003 and a cult classic amongst Batman fans—without the “superpowers” of a million dollar budget or the tyranny of studio executives. The director: Sandy Collora. The film: Batman: Dead End.
“Behind The Mask”, a 90-minute documentary on the life and career of Sandy Collora, was shown recently at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, telling the story of the indie filmmaker’s refusal to “sell out” to major studios and finding satisfaction in directing his own films.
- Holly Interlandi
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