Sam Worthington Joins THE KEEPING ROOM; Alexander Skarsgard Up for THE CROW?

     April 29, 2013

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening.  First up, Deadline reports that Sam Worthington has joined the cast of the Civil War drama The Keeping Room.  Set in the final days of the Civil War, the story centers on three southern women—two sisters and one African American slave—who are forced to defend their home against an onslaught of soldiers who have broken off from the approaching Union Army.  Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Nicole Beharie (Shame) are set to star as the female leads, with Marling filling the elder sister role that was previously occupied by Olivia Wilde.

Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) is directing from a script by Julia Hart, and production is set to get underway in June.  Details regarding Worthington’s character aren’t given, but the actor most recently wrapped David Ayer’s thriller Ten.  Hit the jump to find out who may be toplining the remake of The Crow instead of Tom Hiddleston.

alexander-skarsgard-the-crowJust a little over a week ago, it was reported that The Avengers villain and Tumblr-favorite Tom Hiddleston was in early talks to star in director F. Javier Gutierrez’s remake of The Crow.  Well now Deadline is crying foul over the previous report, claiming that Hiddleston’s involvement amounted to “a simple conversation” and nothing more.  The outlet instead reports that it’s True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard who is the top contender to lead The Crow, noting that there’s no formal offer yet but “it’s Skarsgard’s role if he wants it.”

At this point it’s tough to parse out just what exactly is going on behind-the-scenes of The Crow, but Skarsgard is apparently fielding a number of offers in the wake of the delay/cancellation of Tarzan.  The actor was poised to star in Harry Potter director David Yates’ new iteration of the Edgar Rice Burroughs story this summer, before Warner Bros. abruptly halted production over budget issues.  With a fall production start-date planned for The Crow, we should hear some firm casting news in the coming months.

What do you think, folks?  Should it be Hiddleston, Skarsgard, or another actor entirely who inhabits the title role in The Crow?

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