Joaquin Phoenix Might Return to Acting as Edgar Allen Poe?
By now everyone knows that Joaquin Phoenix quit acting a few years ago to grow a simply amazing bird's nest of a beard (seen above) and presumably fall into obscurity. However, fans of Phoenix may be excited to hear that he may be making a return to acting after all. The Mumbai Mirror (via The Playlist) recently spoke with sound recordist Resul Pookutty who said, "I couldn't be happier because I am doing a period film. It's an adaptation of The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower and based on an eerie real-life experience of author Edgar Allen Poe which happened just months before his death. Joaquin plays Edgar Allen Poe."
The novel itself is based on a true story and is in no way related to James McTeigue's forthcoming Poe film The Raven featuring Jeremy Renner. Here's what Entertainment Weekly says about Stashower's Poe book:
In July 1841, Mary Rogers, a beautiful young New York cigar clerk, was strangled and her body tossed in the Hudson River, a crime so ghastly that it pitted the city's sensational tabloids against each other in a contest of rumor and speculation. Due to a bungled investigation from start to finish, the murder appealed enough to Edgar Allan Poe that he co-opted it for ”The Mystery of Marie Rogêt.” Knocking back and forth between the unending case and Poe's utterly depressing life cycle of debt, poverty, and alcoholism, Daniel Stashower's Cigar Girl takes a solidly comprehensive look at the predecessor to today's all-too-common media crime frenzies.
There's definitely a part of me that would love to see Phoenix return to the big screen again, especially in an interesting role like this, different from anything he's ever done before. However, this is the first we've heard of this project at all and have no idea who is attached as writer, director or know of anybody else involved, so don't get too excited about it just yet. I'm sure it has some potential and there are probably some smart creative minds behind it, but details are so sketchy at the moment, it's hard to call anything fact right now. So stay tuned as we wait to hear any official confirmation or announcements about this new project and, of course, about Phoenix's involvement. Do you guys want to see Joaquin Phoenix return to acting?
Update: According to this new update from Canoe, Phoenix' reps confirmed that he is not involved in this project and is not returning to acting. They don't say much else, but it looks like this was just a faux-story that got blown way out of proportion. Although I still would like to see Phoenix returning to acting one day.