John Cusack Starring in James McTeigue's Thriller The Raven
Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe? Okay, I'll bite, I like the sound of that. Actor John Cusack confirmed on his own Twitter (via ComingSoon) this morning that he will "play Edgar Allen Poe in fall-a-film [sic] called The Raven." If we can put two-and-two together, this means Cusack is starring as Poe in V for Vendetta director James McTeigue's new film The Raven, a period piece about the last five days before Poe's odd death, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in his stories. It sounds like a dark, mysterious project and I'm excited to see Cusack take this on, especially because I'm a fan of McTeigue, too.
Cusack didn't specifically mention McTeigue in his tweet, but did say to "send any poe- gold - my way as I begin this journey into the abyss." Sounds like he's even mentally preparing himself for a very dark project, which is exactly what I'm interested in seeing. It was revealed in February that Jeremy Renner was also set to star in The Raven, but we're not sure if this means he's been replaced (because of The Avengers and Mission: Impossible IV) or playing someone else, like the villain. IMDb also has Ewan McGregor on the cast list, but we have no clue if he's still a part of this or not. Hopefully all this casting will get cleared up soon!
The Raven is inspired by the famous Edgar Allen Poe poem. McTeigue explained to us last year that it's "an amalgamation of Poe's stories crossed with Se7en. It's about a serial killer loose in 1850s Baltimore." As for the actual plot, he stated that "at each murder that he does, the killer leaves a clue, and basically Poe is set against the clock to find someone before they die." I love the sound of it and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing McTeigue's vision with Cusack at the front. We'll keep you updated on The Raven, so stay tuned.