AceShowbiz - Bill Skarsgard is going to wear face paint again for his next film. The actor, best known for his portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in supernatural horror film "It" and its sequel, has been cast for "The Crow" reboot.
The 31-year-old has landed the lead role of Eric Draven in the upcoming movie, with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter FKA twigs also starring. "Snow White and the Huntsman" helmer Rupert Sanders is on board to direct the new adaptation of the supernatural superhero comic book series by James O'Barr.
" 'The Crow' is beautiful, dark, poetic and sometimes disturbing," says Sanders. "It is a story of love, loss, grief and revenge. It is a great honor to revisit James O'Barr's iconic comic and reimagine 'The Crow' as a foreboding voice of today."
The movie will be produced by Victor Hadida, Molly Hassell, John Jencks, Edward R. Pressman and Edward R. Pressman. Zach Baylin, who scored an Oscar nomination for penning "King Richard", is tapped to write the script.
Unlike the previous iterations which have been stalled, this project will seemingly take flight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is well into preproduction ahead of a June start date, with shooting set to take place in Prague and Munich. It is reportedly made in the $50 million range budget.
Based on the comic book series of the same name, "The Crow" centers on Eric Draven, a man who is left for death by a gang of street thugs, who also assaulted, raped and shot his girlfriend in the head. He is then resurrected by a crow and seeks vengeance on the murderers. The crow acts as both a guide and goad for Eric.
The first film adaptation (1994) starring Brandon Lee gained a fervent cult following after the death of the actor on the set of the movie. It was followed by three sequels with Vincent Perez, Eric Mabius and Edward Furlong as the leads. A TV series based on the first movie was released in 1998, with Mark Dacascos replacing Lee.
Since then, numerous plans to resurrect the franchise have never come to fruition. Most recently, Jason Momoa was attached to star in Corin Hardy's iteration, before both of them left in 2018 due to a clash over financial issues between producers and the distributor.