Rumor of the Day: X-Men star's dying ... to be the next Crow

He’s already tackled the iconic role of Charles Xavier with acclaim, and now it looks like James McAvoy has set his sights on another major sci-fi role made famous by another actor.

Rumor has it that McAvoy is deep in discussions to take on the lead role of the Crow in the reboot directed by relative unknown F. Javier Gutierrez. The character was famously portrayed by Brandon Lee in the 1994 classic directed by Alex Proyas.

If McAvoy does sign on to play the new version of Eric Draven, a musician who comes back to life as an ass-kicking angel of vengeance, it would bring a healthy dose of credibility to a franchise that has all but drowned in direct-to-DVD sequels the past decade.

McAvoy would be a good fit for Draven, and though he classed up the joint in X-Men: First Class, he’s proven he can play down and dirty with his breakout role in the comic-based action flick Wanted.

The Crow reboot is currently gestating in development hell, but if this report turns out to be true, it could jump back on the fast track pretty soon.

(Via Bloody Disgusting)