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THE CROW Loses Second Lead

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First, it was Luke Evans. Now, Jack Huston has left the lead role in The Crow.

Citing schedule issues, the production has confirmed Huston’s departure through a statement by director Corin Hardy.

“Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow,” said Hardy. “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 financing project, which is currently in pre-production in Wales. “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 big screen.”

Based on the comic book by James O’Barr, the story follows a slain rock star who’s brought back from the dead to take revenge on those who murdered him and his girlfriend. The original 1994 film starred Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. The young lead, age 28, was killed during the production after he was shot with a defective blank during a scene. This, combined with Lee’s belief that his family had been cursed (the elder Lee died at age 33), along with another death on the set of the television version, has led some to believe this project is cursed.

Evans had dismissed such notions, but later left the lead role. And while representatives of the studio say it was a schedule conflict, one has to wonder if there’s anything to the notion that this production is plagued with a bad history. Curse or no, if there are enough superstitious people believing something, it tends to have an effect on the outcome.

New candidates for the The project recently added Andrea Riseborough as the villain, and is also said to be courting Forest Whitaker in an undisclosed role.

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Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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