Jack Huston drops out of The Crow reboot, Jack O'Connell and Nicholas Hoult now front runners for the role
The long-awaited reboot of cult action thriller The Crow is once again without a star after Jack Huston exited the project.
Huston, who himself had replaced Luke Evans in the role of leading man Eric Draven, has departed the project due to scheduling conflicts, according to Variety.
In a statement about Huston's departure, director Corin Hardy said: "Jack Huston is unfortunately unavailable to continue with us on The Crow. 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.”
According to the report, producers are now considering Unbroken star Jack O'Connell and Mad Max: Fury Road's Nicholas Hoult for the role of Draven. Forest Whitaker is also in talks for a key role in the new reboot.
It was confirmed earlier this year that Andrea Riseborough, best known for her roles in BiRDMAN, Oblivion and Welcome To The Punch, has signed up to play the role of villain Top Dollar in the reboot.
The role of Top Dollar, a vicious drug dealer and gang leader, was played by Michael Wincott in the original 1994 adaptation of James O'Barr's comic book, but will be a female character in the new movie.
The movie will be directed by rising star Hardy, who stepped in to replace F. Javier Gutiérrez late last year. Hardy, who is best known for directing music videos for the likes of Biffy Clyro, Ed Sheeran and The Prodigy, as well as acclaimed animated short film Butterfly, is currently in post-production on horror chiller The Hallow, his debut as a feature director.
The original entered film notoriety when Lee was accidentally killed during filming. The actor was mortally wounded after being shot in the back during a stunt that went horribly wrong.