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'The Crow' Gives Wings To Tom Hiddleston

In the recent movie War Horse, Tom Hiddleston played a prominent (as prominent as any of the humans, anyways) army captain who shared screentime with Benedict Cumberbatch.  They're a fitting pair.  Both are skinny pasty character actors known primarily for playing one super-popular character. Hiddleston plays Loki, and Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes.  As you no-doubt have heard, Cumberbatch hopes to broaden his prospects as the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, but Hiddelston has no such fallback.  Perhaps a starring role in The Crow will make a difference!

The idea of a Crow remake has been floating around for a remarkably long time, but has constantly struggled to find a leading man appropriate for the role of protagonist Eric Draven.  From Bradley Cooper to Channing Tatum (?!?) nobody seemed to fit the "goth-action" pedigree that the part required. Recent rumors had James McAvoy playing the part.  He would have been good enough but any fan of the original film will probably agree that Tom Hiddelston is the first dead ringer for the role.

He is currently in talks for the role, apparently undergoing a makeup test to see if he looks right for the part in full getup.

The part of Eric Draven was originally played by Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee.  It wound up tragically being his final role after an accident involving gun blanks.

The Crow is the story of musician who is killed alongside his girlfriend, only to be resurrected by a crow and given new supernatural abilities.  Afterwards, he hunts down and kills the people responsible for his death.

I've always criticized the idea of a Crow remake, as the original seems like one of those movies that only properly works within the context of it's own generation.  It was back when being goth was still unique and interesting.  It might just be boring by modern standards.

The Crow is set to shoot this fall.

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