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“THE CROW” remake: Jack Huston out, Forest Whitaker in?

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The long-in-development reboot of the James O’Barr comics creation’s screen vehicle has hit another small speed bump, as its intended lead has departed the project while other roles are starting to fill up.

Variety reports that Jack Huston (pictured above), the actor best known for BOARDWALK EMPIRE who has been seen in genre features like NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, SHROOMS and OUTLANDER, has dropped out of the lead role of resurrected avenger Eric Draven. Scheduling issues are cited as the reason Huston, who will be seen next year in the film version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, left the Relativity Studios production. “Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on THE CROW,” director Corin Hardy, who discussed the movie with us here, says in a statement. “THE CROW is an amazing project, and I am grateful that we have the time and patience to get it right. We look forward to unveiling our new lead and starting to film over the next several weeks.”

Among those who may take over the part are MAD MAX: FURY ROAD’s Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell from UNBROKEN and 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE. In addition, Forest Whitaker is currently in talks to take on a key role in THE CROW, and Andrea Riseborough was recently reported to be in negotiations to play a gender-changed Top Dollar, the film’s villain.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.

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