Just three months after signing on to play Eric Draven in Relativity Media's The Crow reboot, Jack Huston has parted ways with the project, due to scheduling issues. Variety reports that the studio is eyeing actors such as Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) to replace him, with Forest Whitaker also in talks for another unspecified role. Here's what director Corin Hardy had to say in a statement about Jack Huston leaving the project.
"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."
Relativity Media also issued their own statement regarding The Crow remake.
"Jack is a remarkably gifted actor, and we look forward to working with him in the future. Corin Hardy has a tremendous vison 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."
The Crow movie is currently in pre-production in Wales, although it is unclear when filming may begin. Luke Evans was previously attached to star as Eric Draven before he dropped out, leading to Jack Huston signing on. Jessica Brown Findlay is attached to star as Eric Draven's fiancee Shelly, but no other cast members are on board at this time. The reboot is based on the original 1994 film starring Brandon Lee, based on James O'Barr's comic book. The story follows rock star Eric Draven, who is murdered along with his fiancee, before he comes back from the dead to avenge his death. Jack Huston recently starred in The Longest Ride, and he will next be seen in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Ben-Hur.