The Crow may have finally found its perfect fit for the lead role, according to Mashable. Jason Momoa, the Game of Thrones star, is apparently set to play the main role in the reboot of the 1994 classic film.
Although the news hasn’t been confirmed yet, Momoa posted a photo of himself and The Crow‘s director Corin Hardy drinking beer. Judging by the photo’s hashtags, the photo was taken shortly after the two had just signed the deal (#sealthedeal), the casting news is about to be confirmed (#greatnewstocome) and Momoa claiming his dream came true (#dreamjob).
Another piece of evidence that Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the upcoming DC comics films, could soon be confirmed as the film’s lead actor is that The Crow is the only film that Hardy is currently working on.
If the news is true, Momoa will play the role of Eric Draven, which was originally played by Brandon Lee in 1994. Directed by Alex Proyas, The Crow was the last film of Lee, who died in an accidental shooting on set. The Crow is based on the graphic novel written by James O’Barr.
Ok but Brandon Lee as The Crow is what made me realize I was into grunge/dead guys at a really young age pic.twitter.com/g8NPwSx51N
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It also appears that Momoa is currently thinking about his plan to not have his The Crow role take a toll on his Aquaman duties in upcoming DC comics films.
Ed Pressman, the producer of the original 1994 The Crow, is set to direct the reboot film, and it’s expected that the film will be shown in theaters before any of DC films in which Momoa plays Aquaman.
Momoa’s Aquaman was introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was released in March this year, and previous reports have indicated that the Game of Thrones actor will have more screen time in Justice League. And then in 2018, a standalone film about Aquaman, directed by James Wan, is expected to hit theaters.
And while many comics fans may criticize Momoa for taking up two superhero roles at the same time, it should be noted that The Crow and Aquaman characters are the complete opposite of one another.
Momoa’s role in The Crow will be much darker than in DC comics films, as his character Eric Draven returns back from the dead to find his murderers and avenge his death as well as the death of his fiancée, according to Vanity Fair.
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The Crow is one of few current projects by Relativity, which suffered bankruptcy in the past. The film starring Momoa is one of the company’s efforts to restore its standing in Hollywood and compete with the film industry’s major film companies.
Earlier this year, Relativity was joined by Dana Brunetti, who produced House of Cards, Captain Phillips, and The Social Network, which won three Academy Awards in 2011. Relativity hopes that The Crow, as well as Brunetti, will help restore the company’s reputation in Hollywood.
With The Crow, Corin Hardy, who directed The Hallow in 2012, is offered the chance to show his directing talents and have more exciting projects come his way. And Momoa’s casting is definitely a huge boost for the film as the actor has caught Hollywood’s attention since his breakthrough role on HBO’s hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
Relativity has a long history with The Crow, as the reboot has seen many delays since the project was announced. In fact, the long delays forced Jack Huston, who was set to play the lead role, quit the project.
Apart from The Crow and upcoming DC films, Momoa stars in upcoming The Bad Batch, Going Under, and action film Braven. In fact, the 37-year-old actor is also set to produce Braven.
Watch the trailer of the original film The Crow starring Brandon Lee here.
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