‘The Crow’ remake: Andrea Riseborough ‘in talks’ to play baddie Top Dollar

Jack Huston is now set to star in the long-planned remake of the classic 1994 horror film

Birdman actress Andrea Riseborough is “in talks” to play the villain in the long-planned remake of The Crow.

Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston was cast as the remake’s lead in March, replacing Luke Evans, who dropped out in January of this year (2015) after becoming frustrated by the project’s slow progress.

Now Riseborough is being lined up to star opposite him as Top Dollar, who in the original 1994 film The Crow was a male villain played by Michael Wincott. Deadline reports that the English actress, also known for her roles in Brighton Rock and Never Let Me Go, is currently “in negotiations” with the film’s producers.

The original The Crow film 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 James O’Barr’s acclaimed 1989 comic book series 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, and now Huston, landed the part.

In December the remake hired a new director, up-and-coming Brit Corin Hardy, after Spanish filmmaker F Javier Gutierrez became unavailable to helm the remake. James O’Barr will serve as a consultant on the new movie and Edward R. Pressman, one of the producers of the original film, will return to co-produce the remake.