Relativity Media’s remake of The Crow suffered a setback today when star Bradley Cooper announced that he’s dropping out of the gothic actioner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ye olde “scheduling conflicts” are to blame for Cooper’s exit: The Hangover star is slated to shoot David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings and an adaptation of Paradise Lost (in which he’ll play Lucifer, naturally) back-to-back in the coming months, and the latter project directly overlaps with the planned start of production for The Crow.
Crow director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now tasked with finding a replacement to play the film’s title character, a murdered rock star who returns from the dead to seek vengeance. THR mentioned two actors as possible contenders for the role, neither of whom would seem earn the Hot Topic stamp of approval: Channing Tatum and Mark Wahlberg. The immediate edge goes to Wahlberg, who, at the very least, has portrayed a rock star before. That said, we’re rooting for Tatum, if only because imagining the G.I. Joe star in long black tresses and goth makeup makes us giggle uncontrollably.
Check out our most recent interview with Tatum, who was last seen in The Eagle: