From Man to Myth: Witness Bill Skarsgård’s Dark Rebirth in “The Crow” Trailer

The Crow has landed.

Lionsgate has released the official trailer for Rupert Sanders’ reboot, starring Bill Skarsgård as the musician-turned-avenging angel Eric Draven. Skarsgård steps into a role originally made iconic by Brandon Lee in the 1994 live-action original, a film forever linked to Lee’s tragic death on set. There have been many feints at rebooting The Crow, with everyone from Jason Momoa to Mark Wahlberg to Bill’s older brother AlexanderSkarsgård rumored to be interested in the role. But now, with the first trailer finally here, the role belongs firmly to the younger Skarsgård.

James O’Barr originally conceived The Crow as a comic, and here, Rupert Sanders is taking his shot at creating something as moody as both the source material and the 1994 film but simultaneously creating something vividly singular. Skarsgård resurrects Eric Draven, the doomed musician who is killed, alongside his fiance’ Shelly Webster (FKA twigs), in a brutal double homicide. Yet, Draven’s death is just the beginning, as he finds a new life in the pursuit of vengeance when he’s given a chance to save Shelly by sacrificing himself, and thus, The Crow tracks Draven’s vengeance in this life and the next.

Skarsgård is joined by Danny Huston, Laura Birn, Jordan Bolger, and Isabella Wei.

“The original film left an indelible mark on our culture that lives on,” said producers Victor Hadida, Molly Hassell, and John Jencks in a joint statement when the reboot was announced. The late Samuel Hadida and the late Edward R. Pressman also produced. “We are thrilled to bring a new adaptation for today’s audiences that respects this legacy. Rupert has masterfully brought new dimensions to create a contemporary universe for this timeless saga of undying love, and we can’t wait to share this vision with film audiences.”

“We appreciate what The Crow character and original movie mean to legions of fans and believe this new film will offer audiences an authentic and visceral reinterpretation of its emotional power and mythology,” said Charlotte Koh, Lionsgate executive VP of acquisitions and co-productions, when the reboot was announced. Now, The Crow is flying towards its June 7 release date.

Check out the trailer here:


Featured image: Bill Skarsgård in THE CROW. Photo Credit: Larry Horricks for Lionsgate


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