The Crow Casting Up

By Drax Largo on March 16th, 2015

This past weekend The Crow creator James O’Barr spoke about the long-in-development film reboot in regards to casting. Apparently, Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abbey) will join Jack Huston (the new Eric Draven, replacing Luke Evans) in the new film.

Findlay will play Shelly Webster. Webster is the fiancee of Eric Draven, the Crow’s alter ego, who dies brutally the day before their wedding.

O’Barr is attached to the Relativity Media film as a consultant, which probably means he’s being given a sizeable payday to to remain predominantly hands-off when it comes to creation of the actual movie.

O’ Barr made the official announcement at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention over the weekend. You can check out the full panel below. Click to get the skinny.

Early in the reboot’s development, Bradley Cooper was up for the role when the film was being helmed by 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Other actors that almost landed the title role include Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, James McAvoy, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston and Norman Reedus.

The film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity’s Tooley, The Weinstein Company’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Farah Films’ Dan Farah will serve as executive producers.

Corin Hardy will direct.

Based on James O’Barr’s cult comic, the original film was a surprise box office hit at the time of its release; however, it’s also notorious for the on-set, accidental shooting and death of its star Brandon Lee, son of the legendary Bruce Lee.

A sequel, The Crow: City of Angels, followed in 1996, which was then followed by a lousy TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. Subsequently, another feature film The Crow: Salvation popped onto the scene in 2000. All of these versions were met with less-than-enthusiastic responses.