Starring as the head of a villainous gang of international car thieves in Justin Lin’s upcoming Fast & Furious 6, actor Luke Evans is gearing up to take on a slate of upcoming projects that should certainly interest genre fans. He’s set to play Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, take on the title role in Gary Shore’s Dracula and, just announced over the weekend, Evans will play the lead in F. Javier Gutierrez’s reboot of The Crow franchise.
“[The Crow] was a very poignant film from my childhood, which I remember vividly,” he says of the F. Javier Gutiérrez remake. “The soundtrack, also. It was such a solid performance that Brandon Lee gave. It was a very tragic end for somebody that probably would have had a very promising career… I’m Eric Draven. I’m the same character. Obviously, he’s been refreshed and brought up to date. We’re reimagining it to a certain extent, but the story and the plot is mostly the same.”
Cameras won’t roll on The Crow until 2014, however. Immediately after Los Angeles’ Fast & Furious 6 premiere, Evans will next return to New Zealand for an additional five-and-a-half weeks of production on The Hobbit. After that, it’s off to Belfast for Dracula.