It looks like John Cusack will be playing Edgar Allen Poe in the upcoming thriller, The Raven. Usually I don’t really care for these types of films, but given the fact that it directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and it is about Poe joining forces with a detective to stop a murder who is inspired by Poe’s work, I’m all in! Judging by this this first image being released and the brief synopsis I have read about the film I can say this project at least looks interesting. I won’t be able to fully form any opinions until I see a trailer, which I hope settles my worries on whether this will be a PG13 bore fest or a creepy and tense R rated murder mystery, let’s hope for the latter.
The Raven stars John Cusack, Alice Eve and Luke Evans. It will be hitting theaters on March 9th, 2012.
Check out the first photo below:
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).
When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.
Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.