EXCL: Luke Evans Talks Dracula Origin Tale and The Crow Reboot

This Friday, audiences will be able to catch Luke Evans in the gore-drenched revenge flick No One Lives, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura.  If you’re not familiar with the man, you soon will be.  This summer, he stars in Fast & Furious 6 and, soon, he’ll be diving into two very iconic roles: Dracula in the aptly-titled Dracula and The Crow.

The former, directed by Gary Shore, is in the works at Universal, home of the classic monsters.  “It has been a while since a Dracula movie has been made,” Evans told this morning.  “It’s the origin story, not the old Dracula story we’re used to seeing, which is great and incredible.  But this is about the origin, Vlad the Impaler who lived in the 1400s – this man whose family and people are under threat, the decision that he makes and the outcome of the decision that he makes which changes his life and the life of his family and people he’s king over.  It’s an interesting tug of war because he’s turning himself into this dark, dark creature, essentially, that will never be able to turn around and go back.”

You can read more about the project via this early look at the script from 2010 when another actor was attached.

As for The Crow, Evans understands that there is a lot of pressure on him.  “I’m noticing that,” he laughed.  “It’s going to be great, it’s a brilliant film and it was poignant for my generation.  Brandon Lee’s performance was solid and emotionally connected.  The whole storyline is incredibly powerful.  It was 20 years ago, a long time ago.  This one deserves a reboot, there are many things that are rebooted, but this one is a fantastic story, which is why there is a cult attachment to it.  It deserves to have a fresh pair of eyes on it.  Javier has powerful work, he’s really special.  We’ve been talking quite a while about the choices we’re going to make.  It’s going to be cool to have a new generation check out The Crow.”

We’ll have more with Evans later this week!

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