EXCLUSIVE: The Crow will take flight with Jack Huston now set to play the starring role originated by Brandon Lee. Huston has closed his deal to play Eric Draven, the tragic hero in a film that will be directed by The Hallow‘s Corin Hardy and will begin production in 2015. He’ll do this after he finishes shooting the title role in the Ben-Hur remake that Timur Bekmambetov is directing for MGM and Paramount. That means after his superb run as the disfigured assassin Richard Harrow in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Huston has gotten the title job in two major remakes.

crowHuston will next be seen starring in the George Tillman Jr-directed adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Longest Ride, and plays Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed Pride, Prejudice And Zombies. His first big feature job came in American Hustle. Deadline revealed last month that Huston was the actor that Relativity, original producer Edward R. Pressman and Hardy had fixed on for the lead in the adaptation of the James O’Barr graphic novel. Claire Wilson is writing the latest draft.

Pressman is producing with Kevin Misher, Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Jeff Waxman. Tucker Tooley and Harvey and Bob Weinstein are exec producers with Dan Farah and Javier Gutierrez, and O’Barr is a consultant on the film. Huston is repped by UTA, The Artists Partnership and Untitled Entertainment. Wilson is represented by UTA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.