Luke Evans has been cast in the lead role in The Crow remake.

The Welsh actor was cast in the F. Javier Gutierrez-directed franchise reboot following Bradley Cooper's departure, Deadline reports.

Evan was the original choice for the role, but had been unable to join the project due to scheduling conflicts.

He has been cast as the lead in Dracula Year Zero, stars as the villain in Fast & Furious 6 and is Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Production on the movie has now been pushed back to early 2014 to accommodate him.

The film is based on James O'Barr's cult graphic novel which tells the tale of a man who rises from the grave to avenge his murdered lover.

It was previously adapted in 1993, where the movie's star Brandon Lee was killed on the set after receiving an accidental gunshot wound.