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Tom Hiddleston rumored to be in the running for The Crow reboot

04.20.2013by:

The long-gestating remake of THE CROW has seen many creative teams come and go, including the likes of Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, and James McAvoy for the lead role and filmmakers Stephen Norrington, Nick Cave, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo vying for the director's chair. Now, original producer Ed Pressman has F. Javier Gutierrez (BEFORE THE FALL) lined up direct with a script from Cliff Dorfman (WARRIOR). The problem? They still don't have their Eric Draven, a role defined onscreen by the late Brandon Lee.

However, a name has now entered the running that gets me excited about the prospects of seeing this property on the big screen again; Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston. Here's the scoop, according to The Wrap:

Hiddleston recently had dinner with producers and sent them a makeup test that he did on his own in London. He will undergo a proper makeup test in the coming days, as the character's appearance is important to fans of the franchise, who should be delighted with the casting of a major member of the Marvel universe.

Apparently, "Hiddleston appealed to producers who were enamored with his ability to project both a light and dark side," according to The Wrap's source, which actually makes a lot of sense. Hiddleston has owned his role as Loki, showing a relative ease in playing the conniving god, who can play it cool or vicious at the turn of a dime.

For many movie fans, myself included, 1994's THE CROW is the quintessential adaptation of the famous graphic novel by James O'Barr. Director Alex Proyas created a dark, violent, gothic fairy tale that was carried by its star, Brandon Lee, who was killed during the production. It was a tragic loss of one of the most promising up-and-coming actors of that era, compounded by the film's themes of life and death. For many, it's an irreplaceable film and rightly so. The many sequels that followed were so far below par that they don't even register as anything but fodder.

Bringing Hiddleston onboard would take the project from blasphemy to excitement, as the British actor has more than demonstrated his ability to play a complex character like Eric Draven, who borders on madness in his vengeful endeavor as a spirit returned from the grave to kill his killers. The reboot would be focusing on O'Barr's original story, likely with some updated deviations. Although nothing could ever replace Lee's film, I'd be more than willing to give a reboot a fair shake if the producers cast someone like Hiddleston for the role. Given the right direction and production design, I think he could easily pull in a performance with the same kind of maniacal ferocity not seen since Heath Ledger's Joker.

Fingers crossed for this one. Although I fully understand if some folks are vehemently against a reboot, I think this is well worth consideration.

Production is currently slated to begin this fall. More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: Who better than Hiddleston to take the role? Let's hear your thoughts. Unless they are "no one."
Source: The Wrap

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9:01PM on 04/21/2013

The actor is awesome.....

But remaking a cult classic is just awkward. Can you see a remake of Fight Club, or Caddyshack? Just F'in strange. There were other novels based on the concept and maybe they can go for one of those.
But remaking a cult classic is just awkward. Can you see a remake of Fight Club, or Caddyshack? Just F'in strange. There were other novels based on the concept and maybe they can go for one of those.
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9:17AM on 04/21/2013
Never should be remade, but Tom Hiddleston will definitely look the part. Especially with that custom-made image above.
Never should be remade, but Tom Hiddleston will definitely look the part. Especially with that custom-made image above.
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5:29PM on 04/20/2013

Remaster the original film!

If a Crow movie is to be made,then what needs to be done is incorporate all the deleted scenes,which have been seen on youtube including the scenes with the skull cowboy.remaster it and re release it.that's the way it should be done.no more remakes please!!!!
If a Crow movie is to be made,then what needs to be done is incorporate all the deleted scenes,which have been seen on youtube including the scenes with the skull cowboy.remaster it and re release it.that's the way it should be done.no more remakes please!!!!
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3:11PM on 04/20/2013

Not sure about a CROW reboot, but

I'm always glad to see an actor's who has been typecast as villains suddenly play a good-guy role (Christoph Waltz in DJANGO UNCHAINED comes to mind). I think Tom Hiddleston would make a great Eric Draven (as long as the script is good). I think Alexander Skarsgard would be another great choice, but I've been unimpressed with the roles he takes outside of TRUE BLOOD.
I'm always glad to see an actor's who has been typecast as villains suddenly play a good-guy role (Christoph Waltz in DJANGO UNCHAINED comes to mind). I think Tom Hiddleston would make a great Eric Draven (as long as the script is good). I think Alexander Skarsgard would be another great choice, but I've been unimpressed with the roles he takes outside of TRUE BLOOD.
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12:31PM on 04/20/2013

I am for a reboot IF...

They stick to James O'Barr's original story. But I fear that they will adhere to the deviations that the first film made, like making the killings part of s plan instead of random, and making Eric a musician.
They stick to James O'Barr's original story. But I fear that they will adhere to the deviations that the first film made, like making the killings part of s plan instead of random, and making Eric a musician.
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9:49AM on 04/20/2013
If it has to be remade. Then sure! Other names; Travis Fimmel, Karl Urban, Alexander Skarsgard.
If it has to be remade. Then sure! Other names; Travis Fimmel, Karl Urban, Alexander Skarsgard.
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8:48AM on 04/20/2013
You know how some older movies age well with time, The Crow is one of them. A remake just can't live up to it. I loved the tv series with Marc Decascos, but even than it wasn't AS good as the movie.
I wish they would just leave it alone but like others have said, no older movie is safe from remakes.
That said, I don't know if Tom Hiddleson's background involves similar training as Brandon Lee or Marc Decascos and what not, but having a light/dark onscreen presence means nothing if he can't
You know how some older movies age well with time, The Crow is one of them. A remake just can't live up to it. I loved the tv series with Marc Decascos, but even than it wasn't AS good as the movie.
I wish they would just leave it alone but like others have said, no older movie is safe from remakes.
That said, I don't know if Tom Hiddleson's background involves similar training as Brandon Lee or Marc Decascos and what not, but having a light/dark onscreen presence means nothing if he can't do the fighting. Again, I don't know IF he can or not, but from Avengers I didn't really see anything "special' as far as fighting goes.
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12:37PM on 04/20/2013
Eric is not a martial artist, or even a great fighter. He is simply dead, and cannot be killed again. Brandon Lee said while being interviewed about the first film that he was happy to be making a non martial arts film.
Eric is not a martial artist, or even a great fighter. He is simply dead, and cannot be killed again. Brandon Lee said while being interviewed about the first film that he was happy to be making a non martial arts film.
8:22AM on 04/20/2013
I think this is a terrible idea no matter who they cast. But Tom Hiddleston is a good actor, so I'm willing to give this somewhat of potential because of his depth.
I think this is a terrible idea no matter who they cast. But Tom Hiddleston is a good actor, so I'm willing to give this somewhat of potential because of his depth.
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7:01AM on 04/20/2013

I'll probably get plenty of thumbs down for this...

The Crow was great and will remain a cult classic. However, in this day and age no movie is safe from being remade, so why is this all surprising. Hiddleston is the best rumor we've received so far. And to those who think it shouldn't be remade to honor Brandon Lee's performance, should the same rule be made for every actor that dies playing a character?
The Crow was great and will remain a cult classic. However, in this day and age no movie is safe from being remade, so why is this all surprising. Hiddleston is the best rumor we've received so far. And to those who think it shouldn't be remade to honor Brandon Lee's performance, should the same rule be made for every actor that dies playing a character?
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5:42AM on 04/20/2013
You know what...there's an idea. He's proven his salt, and at least it isn't Mark Dascascos.
You know what...there's an idea. He's proven his salt, and at least it isn't Mark Dascascos.
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4:08AM on 04/20/2013
ehhhhh I'd personally like to see an actor who has to work a little harder to pull it off. An actor who has to REALY go outside his boundaries and change for this. JUST like Brandon Lee did.
ehhhhh I'd personally like to see an actor who has to work a little harder to pull it off. An actor who has to REALY go outside his boundaries and change for this. JUST like Brandon Lee did.
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3:47AM on 04/20/2013
I know nobody wants this, and a green box automatically means thumbs down...

But just in terms of CASTING, I think this is pretty damn fantastic.
I know nobody wants this, and a green box automatically means thumbs down...

But just in terms of CASTING, I think this is pretty damn fantastic.
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2:38AM on 04/20/2013
ENOUGH WITH THE REMAKES..... Brandon Lee was awesome and out of respect, I think the reboot shouldnt be made
ENOUGH WITH THE REMAKES..... Brandon Lee was awesome and out of respect, I think the reboot shouldnt be made
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1:58AM on 04/20/2013
Please just give tihs up already! This remake just doesn't seem right at all.
Please just give tihs up already! This remake just doesn't seem right at all.
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