The Crow Eyes Female Villain in Andrea Riseborough

The upcoming remake of The Crow, set to be directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), is, according to Deadline, looking to cast Birdman star Andrea Riseborough as Top Dollar. According to the outlet, the gender-swapped version of the character will serve as the film’s chief antagonist, as the character did in Alex Proyas’ original 1994 adaptation. There, Top Dollar was played by Michael Wincott.

Planned as a gritty reboot of the iconic James O’Barr comic book character, The Crow will star Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Eric Draven, a man who returns from the grave as a supernatural antihero on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder, so that his soul can finally rest. “Downtown Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay is also attached to play Draven’s murdered girlfriend Shelly in flashbacks.

In the original comics, Top Dollar was little more than a common drug dealer, although the character was rewritten in the 1994 film to become the kingpin of a criminal syndicate. The character subsequently appeared on the small screen, played by John Pyper-Ferguson on the television series “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.”

Featuring a screenplay by Cliff Dorfman, the new take on The Crow is produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Kevin Misher, Jeff Most and the original film’s Edward R. Pressman.

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