by: S. Scott Stanikmas
And the remake of The Crow has suffered another major setback.
According to Variety, star Jack Huston will no longer be able to portray the tortured soul Eric Draven. It was said that Huston departed the project over “scheduling issues.”
This could just be a nice way of saying “people weren’t agreeing and he decided to get going while the going is good.” Or Huston really may have a couple of different projects lined up and he now realizes he couldn’t fit this one into his schedule.
Huston’s departure comes on the heels of Forest Whitaker being announced for an as-yet-undisclosed role.
This update of the 1994 classic was going to be a more faithful adaptation to the comic book source material (which is an odd thing to say considering they already gender-swapped a character when hiring Andrea Riseborough as villain Top Dollar).
Director Corin Hardy was very diplomatic in his statement on the issue:
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.
Rumors are getting around that next on the list for possible lead actors are Jack O’Connell and Nicholas Hoult.
I’d love to see Hoult take over the part. His appearance in Mad Max: Fury Road looked almost Crow-esque.
Whatever the case may be, shooting is still expected to get underway in a few weeks. I’d expect an announcement sooner rather than later.