The 1994 original starred Brandon Lee as a murdered rock star who comes back from the dead

X-Men actor James McAvoy is reportedly in talks to star in a remake of The Crow.

The 1994 original starred Brandon Lee as Eric Draven, a murdered rock star who is brought back to life by a supernatural bird – “the crow” – so that he can avenge his own murder and that of his fiancée. The film was based on an acclaimed 1989 comic book of the same name.

Lee was tragically killed during an accidental shooting on the film’s set, but The Crow went on to become a hit at the box office and spawned three sequels without him, the most recent coming in 2005.

In April 2011, reports of a remake emerged and Bradley Cooper was soon rumoured to be frontrunner for the Eric Draven role. However, the project was stalled by a legal dispute and Cooper later dropped out.

According to horror website Bloody Disgusting, McAvoy is now “circling” the project with a view to star as Draven. Cult Spanish filmmaker F Javier Gutierrez is attached to direct from a script by Jesse Wigutow, who is also working on the sequel to Tron: Legacy.

McAvoy, 33, is currently starring in a production of Macbeth at London’s Trafalgar Studios. He is signed on for the next X-Men movie, Days Of Future Past, which is due to begin shooting this April in Montreal.