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Relativity Media's remake of Alex Proyas' 'The Crow' has had a heck of a time taking flight. However, over the last few weeks, the casting process on F. Javier Gutierrez's reboot has seemed to kick into high gear. Rumors were swirling around names like James McAvoy ('X-Men: First Class'), Tom Hiddleston ('The Avengers'), and Alexander Skarsgard ('True Blood') as the studio continued to scour the globe, or at least the better part of the UK, for its lead. There, finally, they have found their man. Luke Evans ('Immortals') has just officially landed the role of Eric Draven, the titular dark hero. Evans is on quite the roll, he will be appearing as Bard the Bowman in the next two entries of Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' trilogy and also plays the villain in the highly-anticipated 'Fast & Furious 6,' due to open this month. Last month, he was also chosen to headline Universal's 'Dracula: Year Zero.' The production start on 'The Crow' has been pushed to next year to accommodate Evans' busy schedule.
And once again, my interest in this remake flutters away. I like the original 'Crow,' but I recognize it as a definite product of its time. I think there are some fun avenues in which they could take this character in order to introduce him to a new era. But it seems as if the moment Relativity got involved in this remake, there have been no end of problems. And now we finally have our leading man and it's...Luke Evans? I guess he's a solid enough actor, but the roles he's been winning of late, and the caliber of performer he's been besting to achieve those roles has me scratching my head. Did he really prove to be a stronger choice for 'Dracula: Year Zero' than Tom Hardy? And are you seriously trying to tell me that he'd make a better Eric Draven than Tom Hiddleston? My guess would be that it was actually a matter of scheduling conflicts, but then Relativity is willing to push back the production start on this already stagnating remake until next year in order to secure Evans. Could they not have done the same for Hiddleston if it was truly a scheduling problem? I'll hope for the best, but at this point I'm not expecting much.
What do you guys think? Is Luke Evans a suitable choice for Eric Draven? If not, who would you have chosen?