It’s not news that Luke Evans (‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘, ‘Immortals’) has already been cast as Eric Draven in the lead for ‘The Crow’. What is new is that they may have just announced a leading member of it’s supporting cast. The man who they have their eyes on to play ‘James’ (whoever that may be) is none other than the world reknowned zombie killer Norman Reedus! That’s right! Daryl Dixon of ‘The Walking Dead‘ fame may have just become attached to the cast in the reboot of James O’Barr‘s original comic.
Personally I think Reedus would play a much better Eric Draven compared to Evans, but they really are both great actors. While this hasn’t been confirmed, the source is generally correct so we should be seeing an official announcement in the near future. Since he won’t be the main anti-hero of the story, I strongly suspect that James will be one of the main gang members involved in killing Eric and the love of his life.
While we have one role given it looks as if we also have one role denied! Apparently the producers were looking to have Kristen Stewart (‘Twilight’, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’) play the role of Eric’s wife, Shelley. They however quickly “shied away from the idea after hearing that she wouldn’t attract an audience.” Well either that or they watched any scene she was ever in for even a moment and realized that the lack of acting or inability to smile would make it far too unbelievable that Eric’s love for her would cause him to come back from the grave. He’d probably be hiding in it and happy that it was finally done with.
The comic itself is the story of Eric Draven, who returns from the dead to avenge his and his fiancée’s (Shelley) murder at the hands of a street gang. When he returns he has strange new powers that he doesn’t fully understand though his one mission in life is to seek revenge for what has been taken from him.
So what do you think folks, would Reedus being in the film help convince you to go and see it? Which character do you think he’s actually up for?
Source: Schmoes Know