Bradley Cooper Drops ‘The Crow,’ Other Stars Line Up

Scheduling conflicts with Paradise Lost leave room for Mark Wahlberg or Channing Tatum to replace him.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

More pre-production rigamarole from Hollywood today as Bradley Cooper takes flight from The Crow, Relativity Media's upcoming reboot of the gothic revenge franchise that originally starred Brandon Lee. No turmoil, no scandal, Cooper's just too busy starring in the upcoming adaptation of Paradise Lost to appear in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's production, which is set to start shooting at the same time. Business as usual. But who will replace him?

Hollywood Reporter claims that both G.I. Joe's Channing Tatum and Mark Walhberg, who had previously been attached to the reboot but didn't finalize the deal, are now in the running to take over. The Crow is on the fast track over at Relativity, so they're looking to find a replacement ASAP. Tatum and Wahlberg seem more stereotypically manly than the lanky Cooper, which we're not terribly excited about. Wahlberg in particular is a good actor though, so we wouldn't lose any sleep were he to nab the part.

Who would we prefer? It's difficult to say without seeing a script or knowing the new take on the material, but an everyman would seem to fit the tragic story of a normal guy who loses everything, including his life, and returns for supernatural vengeance. James McAvoy perhaps, or maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Paul Dano. Relativity obviously wants something of a "name" for the part, but it's easy to forget that what's really going to put butts in the sits is the name of the movie. The Crow will get people to theaters. The right take on the material will make them come back for sequels.

Who do you think should be the new Crow?

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