Luke Evans will rise as The Crow

Well, so much for Tom Hiddleston starring in The Crow (even though his hair in that new trailer for Thor: The Dark World seemed to suggest he was already gearing up to play the undead goth comic hero).

Luke Evans

According to Deadline, the significantly more buff Luke Evans will take on the role in the F. Javier Gutierrez directed reboot.

The Crow is based on James O’Barr’s comic series of the same name, concerning a man who returns from the dead to avenge the death of his girlfriend.

Deadline’s report claims Evans was the original choice for the role, but Bradley Cooper was briefly attached in 2011.

The casting of Evans marks the first positive news for this plagued production in some time. A recap:

This film follows in the footsteps of the 1994 feature in which star Brandon Lee was accidentally killed.

In April of 2011, the Weinstein Company – who distributed the original – sued Relativity for supposedly unlawfully shopping around this remake’s international distribution rights.

They dropped the suit in January of 2012, but by then, two directors (Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Stephen Norrington) and one star (Cooper) had already walked away.

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