‘The Crow’ star Luke Evans on remake: ‘We’re reimagining it’

Welsh actor Evans has been cast as Eric Draven in the remake, due to start shooting in early 2014

Star Luke Evans has spoken out about the upcoming remake of The Crow.

Bradley Cooper, James McAvoy and The Avengers‘ Tom Hiddleston had all been linked to the remake, but Welshman Evans has recently landed the lead role. Spanish director F Javier Gutierrez is due to start shooting the movie early next year (2014).

Released in 1994, the 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.

Asked about The Crow by ComingSoon.net, Evans revealed he was a fan of the original, saying: “[It] was a very poignant film from my childhood, which I remember vividly. The soundtrack, also. It was such a solid performance that Brandon Lee gave. It was a very tragic end for somebody that probably would have had a very promising career…”

Discussing his role in the remake, Evans added: “I’m Eric Draven. I’m the same character. Obviously, he’s been refreshed and brought up to date. We’re reimagining it to a certain extent, but the story and the plot is mostly the same.”

In the meantime, Evans will be seen as the villain in Fast & Furious 6, which drives into cinemas on May 17. He’s also attached to star in a new Dracula movie and will play Bard the Bowman in the next two The Hobbit films from Peter Jackson.