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First B&W Look: John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in 'The Raven'

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December 13, 2010
Source: Huffington Post

John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary… I'm not sure how they got it, but The Huffington Post (via MTV) recently debuted the first photo (or this just a Photoshop?) of John Cusack as poet Edgar Allen Poe in James McTeigue's The Raven. The dark thriller has been shooting Europe for the last few months and is 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. Also co-starring: Alice Eve, Luke Evans and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. It's a simple black & white photo so it's not much, but it's our first look for now.

John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven

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." How's that for a period thriller from the guy who directed V for Vendetta. This sounds great, looks great (so far), has a great cast, has a great director - I am definitely looking forward to it. But, The Raven doesn't have a distributor or release date yet, so stay tuned for more.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments

1

Wow, he looks excellent! Cusack was the perfect choice for The Raven. Give us a trailer!

Xerxex on Dec 13, 2010

2

This honestly just looks like a photoshop.

Chazzy on Dec 13, 2010

3

super weak photoshoping skills

DaftPUNKFAN on Dec 13, 2010

4

I cant wait for this one! Looks really good and has an interesting story!

Jimmy Love on Dec 13, 2010

5

Um...it's spelled Allan not Allen.

Jeff on Dec 13, 2010

6

Quoth the raven...what the fuck? He looks like Snidely Whiplash...

The Credenza Kid on Dec 13, 2010

7

i love period movies and poes death was very odd. i'll be curious to see where they go with this. and as an aside note - a movie with John Cusack where he DOESN'T force the director to find a role for joan cusack? very surprising.

beavis on Dec 14, 2010

8

Don't you mean... from the guy who directed Ninja Assassin!! One of the worst films ever produced... Hard to be excited about this!!

Kinks! on Dec 14, 2010

9

Cusack looks Asian in this picture.

Craig on Dec 14, 2010

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