It’s official! Jason Momoa will assume the role of Eric Draven/The Crow in a brand new take on the cult classic The Crow from director Corin Hardy. This re-imagining finally has a release date of October 11, 2019 and some brand new info on the cast of characters has just been released.
According to MovieWeb, production on this new Crow film will begin later in July in Budapest, and now Hardy and his creative team are on the lookout for new cast members for the film.
While Momoa will be the headliner as Draven, Hardy has confirmed that he’ll be basing his film more on James O’Barr’s cult graphic novel and not on the famed 1994 film that starred the late Brandon Lee.
In addition to this new take, he’ll also be changing the gender of several key characters from the original film including Top Dollar and Detective Albrecht. Also Top Dollar (previously played by Michael Wincott) will no longer be the lead villain and now T-Bird will be Eric’s main focus for revenge.
A host of new character descriptions have been released and you can check them out below:
T-BIRD: 30, strong and wiry with the cold eyes of a wolf and an endless hunger where his heart should be. Lacking in conscience, covered in prison ink. Has taken over the old Hotel Reno on the outskirts of town where he rolls with Top Dollar and his notorious gang. Tonight he becomes a made man, but deep down he knows he wants it all…
TOP DOLLAR: 20s – 30s, a lean, reptilian woman who came of age amidst lust and cruelty and has survived by embracing both. She possesses an almost psychic instict for seeking out a lie, her withering gaze something of a Medusa… T-Bird’s girl and co-manager of Hotel Reno, where she has been using her charm to draw in susceptible girls…
SHELLY: 28 – 35, Eric’s one true love. A dancer with effortless talent.. Her undeniable beauty is matched only by her passion to teach dance to the inner city girls at her home studio. Shelly hopes to create peace in the community through teaching children, until she is brutally murdered by T-Bird and Top Dollar’s gang, setting off a violent chain of events as Eric seeks to avenge her death..
DETECTIVE ALBRECHT: 40s – 50s, female. A world-weary soul in a rumpled suit. Haunted by the unsolved murders of Eric and Shelly. Dealing with marital issues and fighting against an ever-increasing wave of crime and corruption in the city. The heart of a warrior, Albrecht is determined to prevail against all odds…
RATSO: 20s, bad face, bad skin, bad teeth. A loser of life’s lottery and he knows it. Wannabe T-Bird. Nurses a hatred of all things beautiful and proud, TinTin is a special treasure to him, a big man he can look down on. Rolls with T-Bird’s gang and runs his numbers, but dreams of being #1…
FUN BOY: 20s – 30s, his bloodstream a seething cocktail of illegal pharmacology. His eyes fixed in the stare of a man seeing visions. Fun Boy runs T-Bird’s drug kitchens at the Hotel Reno. He wears a long leather trench coat sporting a happy-skull-face…
TIN TIN: 30s, a hulking monster of a man, with unstoppable fists. T-Bird’s indefeatable champion in the ring. Mean and tough. Accustomed to being shunned, grateful for the society of savages who have taken him in (T-Bird, Top Dollar, Ratso, Fun Boy, Gideon).
The casting notes certainly set your mind alight and I’m currently finding my brain spinning with possibilities.
For the lead villain of T-Bird I could really see someone like Charlie Hunnam or Alexander Skarsgard in the part. Both of these actors have time and time again proven that they can deliver physically intense performances and whoever is going to go up against Momoa is going to have to be able to rumble.
For the role of Top Dollar, ‘a lean, reptilian woman who came of age amidst lust and cruelty and has survived by embracing both’, you’re going to need an actress who can really pull off the grunge and I reckon it’d be cool to see a performer really go against type. The likes of say Tessa Thompson or even Momoa’s former on-screen co-star Emilia Clarke would certainly make audiences line-up and I think it’d be somewhat meta to see either actress go really dark and dangerous with a part like this.
As for the role of Eric’s one true love Shelley, I’d love to see Gugu Mbatha-Raw take on the role as I believe she has the beauty, sincerity and angelic qualities needed to portray her both in life and death and really drive Eric towards his goal of ultimate revenge for the woman he loved.
This might come out of left-field but I’d love to see someone like Julianne Moore take on the role of Detective Albrecht and as for Fun Boy, well, I think Robert Pattinson could make a great freak as the zombified drug cook, while also capturing the essence of the characters original inspiration, Iggy Pop.
After so many false starts I’m really excited to finally see this film moving into production and I think we’ll get something really different and amazing with the new adaptation. Sony is carving out a nice little niche for itself as the go-to makers of edgier films such as Blade Runner 2049, The Equalizer and the upcoming Venom, and I think this re-imagining of The Crow will be something to really look forward to.
The Crow will be released in cinemas on October 11, 2019.