EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in The Crow, the revamp of the fantasy pic that The Hallow‘s Corin Hardy is directing. Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston is already aboard to play Eric Draven, portrayed by Brandon Lee in the 1994 original. Claire Wilson wrote the adaptation based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel.
Riseborough would play Top Dollar, who in the novel and the original movie was the baddest of the bad guys — yes, a guy — in the story of Draven, who comes back from the dead to avenge his girlfriend’s death after both were killed in a deadly attack. The evil is part of a larger syndicate led by Top Dollar, who was played by Michael Wincott in ’94.
The film is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, who produced the original film in the franchise, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Jeff Waxman. Relativity president Tucker Tooley and Harvey and Bob Weinstein are executive producers. O’Barr is serving as a consultant.
Riseborough, who was part of the great ensemble cast of Best Picture Oscar winner Birdman, is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Felker, Toczek and in the UK by Independent Talent Group.