The first look at Bill Skarsgård and FKA Twigs in ‘The Crow’ reboot

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The upcoming remake of the infamous film The Crow has shared the first images of stars Bill Skarsgård and FKA Twigs. Set for release in June, these are the first previews of the reboot.

As a remake of the 1994 dark and romantic superhero film, the images are obviously being compared to the original cast. Skarsgård is playing the musician turned superhero of Eric Draven and The Crow, previously played by Brandon Lee. FKA Twigs is playing Shelley Webster, his love interest.

In the first look images, Skarsgård has transformed into the character. With gothic tattoos and lashings of dark makeup, it’s a more modern take on the original look. He also has much shorter hair than Lee’s long brown locks. The second image teases the romance between the characters as FKA Twigs looks angelic yet, again, modernised from the original 1990s picture.

The remake is being directed by Rupert Sanders and is based on not only the original 1989 comic book but also the 1994 film. The original version is marred with tragedy as the star, Brandon Lee, lost his life due to an accident on set, forever branding the film. After being shot by a prop gun, the studio had to finish the film in the wake of the horrific incident and release it in his memory.

Sanders has said that his version is also in Lee’s memory. “Brandon was an original voice, and I think he will always be synonymous with The Crow, and I hope he’s proud of what we’ve done and how we’ve brought the story back again. His soul is very much alive in this film,” he said. 

However, he noted that Skarsgård brings a “disturbing beauty” to the role as he stands by his new cast. He added, “There’s a real fragility and beauty to his version of the Crow, and I think Bill feels like he is a successor to that.”

In fact, it was in part the tragedy of the original take that interested Sanders about the project. “What drew me to this was the opportunity to make a dark romance, something that dealt with loss, grief, and the ethereal veil between life and death and reaching through that,” Sanders explained. “Look, I grew up listening to Joy Division and the Cure, and this movie is a bit like a Cure song—the beauty of melancholy.”

The reboot version of The Crow is set to land in cinemas on 7th June 2024, with more teasers sure to land before then.

Bill Skarsgård - The Crow - 2024

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