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John Cusack Starring in James McTeigue's Thriller The Raven

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August 27, 2010
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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.

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  • Xerxex
    brilliant! Cusack is a perfect fit for Poe, give us a trailer!
  • loser
    Brilliant to say the least, Cusack as Poe wonderful, best news in a long time if true
  • Cracky
    Man, that is refreshing news-- and it sounds terrific. John Cusack is a good pick.
  • Icefilm
    Very exciting, indeed! Can't wait to see some footage!
  • Xerxex, casting isn't even near finalized yet and you're asking for a trailer? I expect better from you...tisk tisk
  • Jimmy Love
    Wow now this sounds like a great film cant wait
  • Xerxex
    Can you blame me peloquin!? this is great news, Cusack is perfect for the job! I WANT A TRAILER NOW!
  • lego
    love cusack, but never really dug any of the 'thrillers' he's done
  • Aaron
    I fucking love Poe!! Can't wait to see this now.
  • Awesome idea for a movie! Not sure if Cusack really embodies Poe, but you never know. Will be excited to see the trailer for this!
  • Dave Lister, J.M.C.
    "Nevermore." I can't believe nobody posted it yet.
  • Donna
    Cusack is far from brillant. I for one will not waste a single minute of my time or a single penny on my money supporting the idiot. Sorry to say that McTeigue but you are losing business and have yet to start taping. Not good and there are many more people like me out there.
  • Branith
    Sorry wont every watch another ballsack....err Cusack film again. Keep your politics to your self you moron.

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