Luke Evans cast in The Crow. The casting of Luke Evans in The Crow answers the question of who will star in the remake directed by F. Javier Gutierrez. Luke Evans will be playing the main character Eric Draven / The Crow, a man brutally murdered that comes “back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.”
On Luke Evans:
Evans got his first film audition aged thirty. In 2009, he landed his first film, playing the Greek god Apollo in the 2010 remake Clash of the Titans. Also in 2010, he appeared as Clive in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, directed by Matt Whitecross, as the Sheriff of Nottingham’s thug in Robin Hood, alongside Matthew Macfadyen (whom he would later play alongside again in The Three Musketeers), and played handyman and good guy Andy, in director Stephen Frears’ film Tamara Drewe, based on Posy Simmond’s comic strip. Evans went on to portray DI Craig Stokes in Blitz (2011), the film adaptation of Ken Bruen’s novel of the same name, in which he starred with Jason Statham and Paddy Considine. In early 2010, he shot the independent movie, Flutter, directed by Giles Borg.
Evans played the Musketeer Aramis in Paul W. S. Anderson’s version of The Three Musketeers (filmed in 2010 and released in 2011). He was cast in a lead role in Tarsem Singh’s Greek epic, Immortals (2011), in which he played the King of the Gods, Zeus. And at the end of 2010, he took a role opposite John Cusack in James McTeigue’s film The Raven, replacing Jeremy Renner. In the film, released in 2012 and set in mid-19th century Baltimore, Evans played Detective Emmett Fields, who investigates a series of murders alongside Cusack’s Edgar Allan Poe. Shooting took place in Budapest and Serbia in November 2010.
In 2011, he shot No One Lives, a psychological horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamara, in New Orleans, and began filming a role in Peter Jackson’s upcoming three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit playing the role of Bard the Bowman.
The plot of James O’Barr‘s The Crow comic book (spoilers):
The story revolves around an unfortunate young man named Eric. He and his fiancée, Shelly, are assaulted by a gang of street thugs after their car breaks down. Eric is shot in the head and is paralyzed, and can only watch as Shelly is savagely beaten and raped. They are then left for dead on the side of the road.
He is resurrected by a crow and seeks vengeance on the murderers, methodically stalking and killing them. When not on the hunt, Eric stays in the house he shared with Shelly, spending most of his time there lost in memories of her. Her absence is torture for him; he is in emotional pain, even engaging in self-mutilation by cutting himself.
The crow acts as both guide and goad for Eric, giving him information that helps him in his quest but also chastising him for dwelling on Shelly’s death, seeing his pining as useless self-indulgence that distracts him from his purpose.
The plot of the 1994 film The Crow (spoilers):
On October 30, Devil’s Night in Detroit, Sergeant Albrecht (Ernie Hudson) is at the scene of a crime, where Shelly Webster (Sofia Shinas) has been beaten and violated, and her fiancé, guitarist Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), has been stabbed, shot, and thrown out of the window. The couple were to be married the next day, on Halloween. As he leaves for the hospital with Shelly, Albrecht meets a young girl, Sarah (Rochelle Davis), whom Shelly and Eric took care of because her mother Darla (Anna Levine) is a negligent drug addict. Albrecht tells her that Shelly will be okay, but Sarah knows the truth: Shelly is going to die.
Exactly one year later, Sarah visits Eric’s grave, and a crow taps on Eric’s headstone. Later that night, Eric awakens from death and climbs frantically out of his grave, trembling and wracked with convulsions. Eric goes to his old apartment and finds it derelict. He has flashbacks of his death, remembering that he and Shelly were murdered by local thugs T-Bird (David Patrick Kelly), Tin-Tin (Laurence Mason), Funboy (Michael Massee), and Skank (Angel David). Eric soon discovers that any wounds he suffers heal immediately, and that he, being dead, is now immune to physical harm. He then replaces his burial clothes with dark, imposing attire, and paints his face in a parody of a porcelain harlequin mask, decorating his lips and eyes with black, scar-like slashes. Guided by the crow, he sets out to avenge his and Shelly’s deaths.
I can’t believe they are going to try to remake a sublime piece of cinema like The Crow. How can they even come close to the music, tone, atmosphere, action, and degradation present in that film? That formula can not be recreated because the same variables are not present e.g. the grunge rock present in the 1994 soundtrack was actually a character in the film and was featured frequently. Grunge rock died years ago. This The Crow will be a reinvention. I do not know about you but I am satisfied and will keep the original.
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