Try as they might, Relativity Studios just can’t make “The Crow” happen. Originally slated to be directed by Juan Carlos Frensadillo, the past couple of years have seen a slew of names both realistic and improbable rumored for the gothy lead role, such as Bradley Cooper, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Alexander Skarsgard and Norman Reedus. Luke Evans was attached for a hot minute before baliing, but this year things seemed to get moving. “Boardwalk Empire” star Jack Huston signed up, the movie got a new director in Corin Hardy, Andrea Riseborough took on a villainous role, and Forest Whitaker is even negotiating for a part. But there’s a new snag.
Variety reports that with pre-production apparently underway, Huston has had to exit the film over scheduling issues. Apparently, Nicholas Hoult (currently filming “X-Men: Apocalypse“) and Jack O’Connell are being eyed as possible replacements. However, it’s not clear if those two are the only names on a studio wishlist of names or if actual talks are happening.
It’s another stumble for the movie and it couldn’t come at a worst time for Relativity, which is currently in the midst of restructuring. All that said, the aim is to stick to the current schedule, with filming slated to start in a matter of weeks.