The search for a new actor to star in the lead role of the upcoming remake of The Crow began last month, with the departure of Luke Evans. With production set to begin in the next couple of months, the studio needed to be expeditious in its recasting of the part.

Dread Central reports that Jack Huston, of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, has been cast as Eric Draven – filling the void just in the nick of time.

Who was the source of this casting news? The creator of the cult comic book himself, James O’Barr.

Since O’Barr is a guest artist at The Lexington Comic and Toy Convention this weekend, Dread Central’s Jason Jenkins, who was in attendance, took the opportunity to get some info on the upcoming film.

O’Barr revealed that “Jack Huston has definitely been cast,” and he is “really happy with that choice.” Now that the film again has a lead actor in place, the movie “will shoot in a couple of months.

While there have been fans voicing their displeasure about a remake of the 1994 cult classic, which starred the late Brandon Lee, this adaptation may please purist fans of the comic book.

The 1994 version had many of the same characters, but was only loosely based on the comic. O’Barr has indicated that this movie is going to be a much truer representation of his original source material, and quite possibly as close as a direct adaptation as can be achieved.

With the start of production looming in the very near future, hopefully more casting news will begin to roll in. Corin Hardy is still slated to helm the production, from a script penned by Nick Cave and Cliff Dorfman. There is no release date for this film yet, but hopefully it will get a Summer 2016 release.


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