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11.20.2015

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I think it's safe to say that THE CROW remake/reboot/reinvention has been in what the business refers to as "development hell" for a very long time. With the most recent news however, Relativity Studios attempt at capturing lightening in a bottle could actually be happening…sometime…eventually. It wasn't that long ago that the movie had a director in Corin Hardy (THE HALLOW) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) was even set to play the iconic character before scheduling conflicts got in the way. Here we are though, the movie that just won’t die is still in need of an Eric Draven, and I know you movie lovers can deliver some great casting options.

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In case you're new to the legacy of THE CROW’s, firstly welcome and secondly what took you so long? THE CROW is based on James O’Barr’s 1989 comic book of the same name, and follows Eric Draven (played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film adaptation) on his undead quest to avenge his and his fiancé’s brutal murders. It was both a critical and commercial success and has something of a cult following, in big part due to the accidental death of Lee on set. There have been three insufferable sequels: THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS, THE CROW: SALVATION and 2005’s THE CROW: WICKED PRAYER. There was even a TV spinoff based on the first movie called The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. Don’t watch it.

So clearly there are a lot of reasons people want this to work again. For me it's just hard to imagine someone else in this role, that’s how great of a performance Lee gave us. He surprised audiences with his mesmerizing and haunting portrayal of Draven much like Heath Ledger did with the Joker if you want to be so bold as to draw comparisons there. So the question now is who would be a good fit for this role?

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Someone who has appeared on Cast This already is Kit Harington. The Game of Thrones star has that certain look and swagger to pull of this role. It would be great to see him break away from the epic roles like Thrones or POMPEII and do something more bold and wild. Taylor Kitsch is another actor that comes to mind for Draven; his last notable effort being a great performance in the otherwise dreadful second season of True Detective. Stepping into the role of The Crow would be a great turn for the star that seems destined to give more brooding roles as time goes on which could make for a convincing Eric Draven. My final choice would be Joseph Gordon-Levitt; the guy can do it all right? He’s been one of my favorite actors since I saw THE LOOKOUT in 2007 and has been nailing it for the most part in terms of roles he takes on ever since. He can do comedy and drama, he even sings and dances! As a gothic guitar playing avenger, I think he would be perfect.

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Those are my choices however, so what about yours? Would you be going younger or older with your casting? FYI: Brandon Lee was 29 years old at the time and the character of Draven "dies" when he’s 28. What about changing up the role to someone of color with say the talented Anthony Mackie? While I still consider his performance in THE HURT LOCKER to be his finest, he’s a whole lot of fun to watch in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. There is also the tall imposing choice in Alexander Skarsgard; the former vampire sheriff of True Blood would make for a great broken-hearted and vengeful character. While Jared Leto is likely to divide audiences with his take on The Joker next year, but who says the man can't go method for another role? Even Robert Pattinson, the actor who is trying so hard to be taken seriously since finishing off the TWILIGHT saga is actually pretty great if you’ve seen him in COSMOPOLIS, THE ROVER, or MAPS TO THE STARS.

With so many great choices I can’t imagine this will be easy for any of you; so who would you like to see bring us their take on THE CROW?

RESULTS FROM CAST THIS: JAMES BOND - 1. Dan Stevens 2. Michael Fassbender 3. Henry Cavill

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Extra Tidbit: Unhappy with the way his makeup looked when applied before shooting, Lee applied his own makeup every night before going to bed so that when he woke up his face paint would naturally look more worn out.
Source: JoBlo.com

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7:34PM on 11/21/2015
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11:12AM on 11/21/2015

If they must make this...

I suppose my pick would be Hugh Dancy. This thought came to me while watching Hannibal. Maybe because he reminds me of Brandon.
I suppose my pick would be Hugh Dancy. This thought came to me while watching Hannibal. Maybe because he reminds me of Brandon.
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7:28AM on 11/21/2015
How about don't and leave the movie alone.
How about don't and leave the movie alone.
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12:25AM on 11/21/2015
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3:05PM on 11/20/2015

If he does well as The Flash

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2:54PM on 11/20/2015

Read my mind

J.G Levitt... but I doubt he'd go for it
J.G Levitt... but I doubt he'd go for it
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2:02PM on 11/20/2015
[link] this guy would ROCK as eric
[link] this guy would ROCK as eric
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1:16PM on 11/20/2015
IMO, if you do a pure adaptation of the comic, the content will be unique enough to justify this reboot.

I'd love for it to be in black and white, maybe a similar style to Sin City or 300, but understand that wouldn't appeal to everyone.
IMO, if you do a pure adaptation of the comic, the content will be unique enough to justify this reboot.

I'd love for it to be in black and white, maybe a similar style to Sin City or 300, but understand that wouldn't appeal to everyone.
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1:01PM on 11/20/2015

Cillian Murphy

I've been saying for years he should play Eric. He has the same body as Eric in the comics and his eyes piercing through that makeup would be menacing.
I've been saying for years he should play Eric. He has the same body as Eric in the comics and his eyes piercing through that makeup would be menacing.
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12:13PM on 11/20/2015
JGL,Tom Hiddleston
JGL,Tom Hiddleston
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12:04PM on 11/20/2015
No one. Just stop trying to remake this movie. After a dozen attempts, actors passing on the role and directors moving on, it's clearly not meant to be. Leave it alone.
No one. Just stop trying to remake this movie. After a dozen attempts, actors passing on the role and directors moving on, it's clearly not meant to be. Leave it alone.
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11:54AM on 11/20/2015

Just don't aim for a Brandon Lee look alike

Brandon Lee is and will always be The Crow for fans and people who grew up in the time. A shame would be to do another movie with actor who looks too much like Brandon. I love Luke Evans but he has the same jaw line and hair and it would be too similar. I think an out of the box look and face would be nice. I think Fassbender right away since he is probably the best of all the actors mentioned but if Joseph Gordon Levitt could beef up a little and take real time to find an interesting version
Brandon Lee is and will always be The Crow for fans and people who grew up in the time. A shame would be to do another movie with actor who looks too much like Brandon. I love Luke Evans but he has the same jaw line and hair and it would be too similar. I think an out of the box look and face would be nice. I think Fassbender right away since he is probably the best of all the actors mentioned but if Joseph Gordon Levitt could beef up a little and take real time to find an interesting version of his own to this character he could be a good pick. All look like good choices but Fassbender can take anything and make it brilliant. A good script and director doesn't hurt either. That could be the reason people keep walking away and it keeps getting shelved. Maybe the script is that bad.
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11:52AM on 11/20/2015

Gosling!

This role needs a serious actor, someone who isn't going to play for laughs or just be there for eye candy to lure in teenage girls. Gosling is a great candidate. He can act in dramas and is also believable in action scenes.
This role needs a serious actor, someone who isn't going to play for laughs or just be there for eye candy to lure in teenage girls. Gosling is a great candidate. He can act in dramas and is also believable in action scenes.
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11:26AM on 11/20/2015
Ryan Gosling for me.
Ryan Gosling for me.
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11:20AM on 11/20/2015
Also, good idea for the column, but I'd be even more interested to see who readers would select for the director, since this seems to be a gig that they don't trust just anybody to do right, and it'll probably be the director, even more than the lead actor, that will determine whether people get excited about this. Also, nice job on actually including a cool "extra tidbit" and not just going for the easy out by using it to ask us a question.
Also, good idea for the column, but I'd be even more interested to see who readers would select for the director, since this seems to be a gig that they don't trust just anybody to do right, and it'll probably be the director, even more than the lead actor, that will determine whether people get excited about this. Also, nice job on actually including a cool "extra tidbit" and not just going for the easy out by using it to ask us a question.
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11:08AM on 11/20/2015

My top three:

1. Cilian Murphy
2. Cilian Murpjy
3. Cilian Murphy
Runners up would be Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tom Hiddleston. I know that Murphy's a little older than the target age, but seriously, wouldn't he be perfect? I've seen the movie and read the original comic and I really don't feel that the age is a significant part of his character, the way it'd be for someone like say, Spider-Man.

1. Cilian Murphy
2. Cilian Murpjy
3. Cilian Murphy
Runners up would be Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tom Hiddleston. I know that Murphy's a little older than the target age, but seriously, wouldn't he be perfect? I've seen the movie and read the original comic and I really don't feel that the age is a significant part of his character, the way it'd be for someone like say, Spider-Man.

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11:00AM on 11/20/2015

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston would be my top pick for the role, with Luke Evans being my second choice.
Tom Hiddleston would be my top pick for the role, with Luke Evans being my second choice.
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10:45AM on 11/20/2015

My top three

Byung Hun Lee

Tom Hiddleston

Jack Huston
Byung Hun Lee

Tom Hiddleston

Jack Huston
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