Luke Evans starring in 'The Crow' reboot as Eric Draven
The Welsh native plays Bard the Bowman in "The Hobbit" trilogy, the villain in the upcoming "Fast & Furious 6" and will soon play Dracula in origin story "Dracula: Year Zero." While all of those commitments have raised Evans' star status, they also seemed to place him out of the running for "Crow." But the studio is apparently so smitten with the star that they're willing to give the film a later start.
As Deadline reports, several other actors -- including "Avengers" villain Tom Hiddleston and "True Blood" heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard -- were rumored to be close to landing the role. But Evans was ultimately the guy.
James O'Barr's comic book series "The Crow" launched in the late '80s and was adapted into a 1994 film starring Brandon Lee -- which is sadly most famous as the film where Lee lost his life during an accident on set.
A poorly received sequel (1996's "The Crow: City of Angels"), short-lived TV series ("The Crow: Stairway to Heaven") and several direct-to-DVD continuations followed.