Bill Skarsgård has a sword for some reason in new look at controversial The Crow reboot

The Crow
(Image credit: Lionsgate)

Lionsgate has released a new look at The Crow, starring Bill Skarsgård as the titular hero.

Aside from the classic makeup, both the trailer and images we've seen thus far look nothing like the original 1994 movie starring Brandon Lee or the 1989 comic by James O'Barr (though I, a mega fan of both, am still excited regardless). Though the film has received backlash thus far for its tone, visuals, and overall use of the character Eric Draven which has not been touched since Lee's death, many fans are keeping their hopes high.

In the new still, Skarsgård's Eric Draven appears to be wielding a traditional samurai sword. During the scene where Eric infiltrates Top Dollar's meeting (which is in a room filled wall-to-wall with bad guys), he takes a katana off the wall and kicks some butt before stabbing through the table and scaring Skank, one of the criminals on his list of people to eliminate. Though the new image (as well as the trailer) gives us John Wick vibes more than anything, we're hopeful it's a tribute.

The cast includes FKA Twigs as Shelly Webster, Danny Huston, Isabella Wei, Laura Bim, Sami Bouajila, and Jordan Bolger. Rupert Sanders directs from a screenplay penned by Zach Baylin (Creed 3, Gran Turismo) and Will Schneider (Return to Silent Hill). Shirley also has writing credits on the new pic.

The Crow hits theaters on August 23, 2024, pushed back from its original June 7 release date. For more, check out our list of the most exciting upcoming movies in 2024 and beyond, or, skip straight to the good stuff with our list of movie release dates.

Lauren Milici
Senior Writer, Tv & Film

Lauren Milici is a Senior Entertainment Writer for GamesRadar+ currently based in the Midwest. She previously reported on breaking news for The Independent's Indy100 and created TV and film listicles for Ranker. Her work has been published in Fandom, Nerdist, Paste Magazine, Vulture, PopSugar, Fangoria, and more.