Jack Huston Exits ‘The Crow’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

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Jack Huston has dropped out of “The Crow,” Variety has learned.

The “Boardwalk Empire” star was slated to take on the role originated by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film of the same, but had to drop out due to scheduling issues. “The Crow” is currently in pre-production in Wales.

“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on ‘The Crow,'” said director Corin Hardy 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.”

Relativity Studios is backing the film, and is eyeing Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell, among others, as possible replacements. The studio is currently in negotiations to bring Forest Whitaker on board the project in another role, according to a source close to Relativity.

Relativity released its own statement about Huston’s departure. He joined the project this spring after Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6”) exited the production.

“Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future,” the studio said. “Corin Hardy has a tremendous vision for ‘The Crow,’ and we are working closely with him to continue prepping the movie and supporting him as he brings his vision to the bigscreen.”

Huston’s upcoming projects include “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and the starring role in “Ben-Hur.”

The original 1994 movie centered on a murdered rock star who is resurrected in order to hunt down his killers. Lee died during the film’s production after he was shot with a defective blank.

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  1. Tamayo says:

    I’m tired of these remakes.. The movie will flop just like all other remakes!

  2. Tibor says:

    I think that maybe Mr. Bean would be a great Crow.

  3. bonerjams says:

    Cant wait for this remake to tank, just like the rest do.

  4. Robert says:

    Shiloh Fernandez!

  5. pnut166 says:

    I know I`m in the minority, but the original wasn`t even that good. Without the Lee name, and without the romance surrounding his eerie death, the movie wouldn`t even be talked about now. The best thing it had going for it was the soundtrack.

    • Tamayo says:

      O yes you are very much in the minority,more like you’re the only one.that movie was great ,because the movie was made great.it had nothing to do with his death.

    • Randy says:

      You are definitely in the minority… The first was very well made. I completely disagree with you. The movie still would have done well. It was actually the role that would have boosted him into mainstream. Most of the people who watch the movie don’t even know about him being killed during filming until after they have seen it, which makes your point completely invalid. It was well written, well acted, and considering it was early 90’s, the effects were quite good as well. I’m sorry that you are unable to see the vision behind this film. The qualities that make it one of my all time favorites. Have a nice day.

  6. Sandy Muller says:

    Leave Brandon Lee’s legacy alone you vultures.

  7. Celestial says:

    Can’t they just select someone new!? Tired of the same old faces in films and the fantastic thing about the crow was that Brandon Lee WAS the crow! Not a ton of other known characters that pop into a person’s head as soon as they see and recognize the face…

    Just sayin ‘

  8. Mizer says:

    Take a hint you idiots. No one wants to do this remake. Scrap it and leave it alone. It s gonna be terrible anyway. The original is a classic.

  9. RS says:

    I for one would like to see Alexander Skarsgaard in the role. Him or Tom Hiddleston.

    • jason jones says:

      I like both Skarsgaard and Hiddleston, but both would be absolutely terrible for this role. Sorry, we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

      Of course I think Huston would have been awful as well. Like mentioned above, screwing with the original is a bad idea.

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