May 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After circling Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard, it appears “The Crow” has finally landed. Deadline reports the long-gestating gothic thriller remake has snagged British rising star Luke Evans for the lead role, who apparently had been director F. Javier Gutierrez’s first choice all along.
Evans will take on the role of Eric Draven, a rock star brutally murdered while trying to protect his fiance from a gang of thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The original film starring Brandon Lee – itself adapted from comics by James O’Barr – spawned three sequels but with a different victim and resurrection each time. Gutierrez had always preferred Evans for the role, reports Deadline, but the increasingly busy actor had appeared unavailable. The filmmaker is so keen on his choice actor, in fact, that production on the film will now be pushed to early 2014 in order to accommodate Evans’ schedule.
Evans has been steadily building up a high profile resume, recently seen in Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals”, Edgar Allen Poe inspired murder mystery “The Raven” opposite John Cusack and has the villain role in Universal’s “Fast Six”, which led to his first leading role in the studio’s “Dracula” origin tale film, which he will shoot next opposite Sarah Gadon. He also plays Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy and headlined indie horror “No One Lives.”
October 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
British up and coming actor Luke Evans goes for a midnight swim and maybe a murder or two in our first look at “No One Lives”, sort of a “The Strangers” / “Straw Dogs” / “Last House on the Left” hybrid wherein a gang of ruthless killers take a wealthy roadtripping couple hostage in the middle of nowhere to torture , only to have the tables turned on them.
“No One Lives” is director Ryuhei Kitamura’s follow-up to cult horror classic “Midnight Meat Train” and Evans co-stars with fellow up and comers Adelaide Clemens, Laura Ramsay, Beau Knapp and Derek Magyar. There’s no word on who Evans plays, but considering his character’s name is Driver, we can presume he’s the vengeance-seeking male half of the kidnapped duo.
Shock ‘Til You Drop has the first ever image from the indie horror – seen below – that will be released sometime in 2012.
May 9, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
He may have lost out on the Bourne reboot, but Luke Evans isn’t struggling to fill his schedule. THR reports from Cannes that the British up and comer will star in indie horror film “No One Lives”, a sort of “The Strangers” in reverse about a gang of criminals who take a young couple into an abandoned house to be tortured, only to have the tables turned on them. Filming will begin on June 13 in New Orleans. No word on who Evans will play or who might join him in the cast. Ryuhei Kitamura, who directed the 2008 horror cult hit “The Midnight Meat Train”, will from a screenplay by David Cohen.
Evans can be seen in two high profile blockbusters later this year, as leader of the Olympians Zeus in Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals”, out November 11 (coincidentally, he played a different Greek God, Apollo, in 2010′s “Clash of the Titans”), and as Aramis in a new adaptation of “The Three Musketeers 3D”, out on October 14. Evans is also said be so good in “The Raven” opposite John Cusack that producers developed an action film just for him to star in.