Luke Evans officially says no to The Crow reboot. Who will play Eric Draven?

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Jan 26, 2015, 3:01 PM EST (Updated)

According to The Wrap, it’s been officially announced that the Dracula Untold and Hobbit star will no longer play the role of Eric Draven in Relativity’s The Crow reboot.

So that means, of course, that Relativity and director Corin Hardy will be be actively looking for a new star for their much-troubled movie, right after Hardy’s flick The Hallow will debut at Sundance. Whoever they choose, we hope they pick the right man for the job, since The Crow is such a cult classic that rebooting it is already a tricky proposition.

Evans had been poised to play Eric Draven for a long while now, ever since way back when, when F. Javier Gutierrez was attached to helm the reboot, which'll be based on James O’ Barr’s original comics series rather than the 1994 movie starring the late Brandon Lee. But production was delayed when Gutierrez left to helm the upcoming reboot of the Ring movie franchise (yep, another one). And with no new start date in sight for The Crow, the very busy Evans — who was splendid as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy — has been forced to pass on the iconic role.

Back in December, when Luke Evans was asked how The Crow was progressing, the Welsh actor had this to say to Den of Geek:

“It’s not, no. No at the minute…‘The Crow’ is not, not for me, I think it’s a little… I mean I’m sure it’s going to go ahead at some point, but I have other projects that are greenlit and ready to go and projects that I’m very interested in and you know, I can’t wait much longer!”

It’s pretty clear, however, that right until very recently (make that JUST LAST WEEK), Evans was still hoping to play Draven at a later time, based on what he told Hit Fix:

“Right now I'm not sure where it is, I don't know what's happening with it," said the "Dracula Untold" actor, who's been attached to the play Eric Draven (a role originated by the late Brandon Lee) for over a year-and-a-half. "I think it's a question probably to ask [distributor] Relativity...they're the ones who are really holding the strings to this story and this character. But yeah, I don't think it's gonna be something I'm gonna be doing for awhile. I've got about four or five different projects which I'm lining up for this year, which will take up the majority of my 12 months. So not in the near future, unfortunately.”

It'll be a different concept, a different director, a different script, and who knows where it will go? I mean, when I was in conversations with everybody it was about being as honorable to the book and loyal to the book as possible. And that meant it would be a very different film to the one that was made with Brandon Lee. Which was a good thing in a way. I mean, it wasn't that we were trying to replicate something. It was, we were gonna go back to the book and be as completely truthful as possible. But who knows where it'll go? And who knows whether I'll be playing it or somebody else.”

Just last week, Corin Hardy talked to Fangoria about his plans for The Crow, and this is what the director had to say about the project:

“It’s still early days on that, but what I can say for now is that I’m a huge, huge fan of both the first film and James O’Barr’s graphic novel. I was obsessed with THE CROW when I was growing up. When I heard about the remake, what I thought could be very interesting today, 20 years later, especially with this whole Marvel Universe that’s happened, is that the Crow always stood as an outsider to me. I kind of felt he would be the right character for me if I got the chance to do it. And now that I have gotten the chance to do it, I’m very much going back to the graphic novel, particularly looking into the illustrations themselves as much as the story, and picking out all those beautiful ideas and details that haven’t really been used yet.

“I also want to open the story up in such a way that the Crow is now part of a world where there are the Marvel movies and the DARK KNIGHT movies,” he continues. “I intend it to be incredibly emotional and brutal, and all the things you’d want from a CROW film. I want to make a movie that I would have wanted to see, as a huge fan of THE CROW.”

What do you guys think? Are you as bummed as we are that Luke Evans will not play Eric Draven in the upcoming The Crow remake? Who would you like to see in the role?

(via The Wrap, Hit Fix, Fangoria)