Rumor: Viggo Mortensen is Stallone's Edgar Allan Poe
Get this: Sylvester Stallone is directing a movie about Edgar Allan Poe. No, it's not the Tell-Tale movie being produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, it's a whole other project actually about the poet. It's apparently titled just Poe and has been in production hell for quite a while. However, a new rumor just appeared via Cinema Blend and it claims that Viggo Mortensen has been offered the lead role of Edgar Allan Poe from Stallone. This isn't confirmed, but it is a rather juicy rumor and would certainly be an interesting choice.
The whole idea of Stallone directing a movie about Edgar Allan Poe to begin with is just plain odd. And to throw Viggo Mortensen into the mix as Poe is even weirder. Not that it couldn't be real in some fashion, but it all just sounds eye-brow-raisingly intriguing. The film is a chronicle of the legendary American writer's life, from his famous works and bouts with madness and depression, to his mysterious death in 1849. Stallone is writing the script as well.
The scooper over at Cinema Blend claims that "Stallone has recently met with Viggo Mortensen and has offered him the role" and although Mortensen is considering it, "he wants some slight revisions in the script." Is Viggo really the right choice? He's a strong actor who's always brought on strong characters, from Aragorn in Lord of the Rings to Tom Stall in A History of Violence and Nikolai in Eastern Promises this year. What's your take on these Poe movies, from this one to the Scott's Tell-Tale. And is Viggo the right one to fill the role of a crazed poet?