James McAvoy Might Go Goth In The Crow Reboot

Now that I have recovered from my post-Oscars malaise/anger management session, let us return to the important things in life. Namely, what reboot is being considered and who will appear in it! So let’s get right to it: we have word that James McAvoy is looking into playing the lead role in the projected reboot of The Crow.

The Crow reboot has been drifting around for a little while now, initially striking the fancy of Bradley Cooper and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). That idea petered out back in 2011 and we all went back to our normal lives. Now it appears that The Crow reboot might be reincarnated (see what I did there?) with McAvoy in the lead.

The Crow follows Eric Draven, a man who is murdered and returns from the dead to avenge the death of his girlfriend. It’s a particularly memorable film because of the tragedy of lead Brandon Lee, who was accidentally killed on the set of the film.

With that in mind, McAvoy seems a bit of an odd choice for the part of Draven and The Crow itself an odd film to reboot. I guess Bradley Cooper would have been even weirder, though. It’s certainly a role fraught with peril, given the memories that many still retain of Lee. I wonder if McAvoy’s potential involvement means that the production will move away from the goth tones of the original and go a bit more action-y.

Not having a great deal of intense feeling for the original, I personally might be interested in seeing a reboot of The Crow. It’s a good story, and a good director could do justice to it. McAvoy can play action, he can play blockbuster, and he’s a generally likable actor, but I’m not certain that he has the dark edge required for a role like this. But I have been proved wrong before.

What do you think of the prospect of a reboot of The Crow? And is James McAvoy the man to do it? Let us know in the comments.

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