If a deal is finalized, he will portray Eric Draven, a rock star who is brutally murdered along with his fiancee. He comes back to life to avenge his and his fiancee's murder, so their souls can finally rest in peace. Brandon Lee portrayed the iconic character in the original 1994 movie The Crow.
The Eric Draven role has been somewhat of a revolving door throughout the years, with many actors coming and going. Mark Wahlberg was offered the role back in 2010, before revealing a month later that he is not attached. Bradley Cooper was also in talks back in 2011 before he dropped out. Channing Tatum was also mentioned as a possibility in August 2011, but that was the last we heard about any casting possibilities.
F. Javier Gutiérrez is directing from a screenplay by Jesse Wigutow. It isn't known when production may begin. If James McAvoy does in fact sign on, Relativity will likely have to wait until the actor finishes principal photography on X-Men: Days of Future Past.