Last week we heard that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) had signed on to direct a remake of The Crow. Now, less than a week later, we’ve got a pretty solid report indicating that Relativity Media is on the verge of landing a well-known star for the lead role. Unfortunately, he is probably the last person I would want to see anchoring this reboot. Yes, it’s true, Bradley Cooper is currently in talks to step into Brandon Lee’s shoes as Eric Draven, the rock musician turned undead crimefighter. If this actually pans out, it will definitely be one of the weirder and more ill-informed casting decisions I’ve seen in a long time.
Although I don’t really want to believe it, the news comes courtesy of THR’s Heat Vision Blog, which is usually a very reliable source. From a business standpoint, it also makes a lot of sense, as he did just prove himself to be a reliable leading man in another Relativity production, Limitless, which is now closing in on $100 million worldwide. But I still don’t see him being right for the role.
I don’t hate Bradley Cooper, but let’s face it, the man has made a career out of playing douchebags, and the thought of him wearing white facepaint and glowering at evildoers just seems laughable. I realize they are looking to take this franchise in a new direction, but capturing The Hangover crowd does not seem like it should be high on their priority list. Admittedly, I have yet to see Limitless, so perhaps it does show that there is a different side to Cooper. What do you think? Can you see Bradley Cooper as a goth superhero or is this a major misstep for Relativity?