Luke Evans drops out of ‘The Crow’ remake

'Hobbit' actor has been attached to the long-planned remake since May 2013

Luke Evans has dropped out of the long-planned remake of The Crow.

British actor Evans – recently seen in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armiespocketed the lead role of Eric Draven in May 2013, but since then progress has been slow. In December the film hired a new director, up-and-coming Brit Corin Hardy, after Spanish filmmaker F Javier Gutierrez became unavailable to helm the remake.

Now Evans has exited the remake to focus on other projects, his publicist has confirmed to TheWrap. Last month (December) Evans had hinted that he might be pulling out of the project, saying: “I can’t wait much longer.”

The original 1994 film The Crow 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.

A remake has been in the works since 2011, with Bradley Cooper and James McAvoy both linked to the role of Eric Draven before Evans landed the part in 2013.