‘Hobbit’ actor Luke Evans cast lead role in ‘The Crow’

The actor was reportedly first choice for Relativity Media to play Eric Draven

Welsh actor Luke Evans has been cast in the lead role in The Crow.

Evans, who is next set to appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, was reportedly Relativity Media’s first choice to play the starring role in the upcoming remake but scheduling clashes meant the actor was unable to sign on for the movie. Filming as now been rescheduled for early 2014 to accommodate him, reports Deadline.

Previously, Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston had been in talks to star in the remake of the cult horror movie. The British actor allegedly had dinner with producers and sent them a makeup test that he did on his own in London.

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.

Earlier this year, horror website Bloody Disgusting, reported James McAvoy was attached to the project. 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.