John Cusack announced today via his twitter account that he is officially attached to play Edgar Allen Poe in the James McTeigue directed film project The Raven.
This project actually sounds like it will be a great dark atmospheric type movie. The film will be a fictionalized story of the last five mysterious days of Edgar Allen Poe’s life, following Poe as he joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his own stories. Back in August of last year, McTeigue explained the film as a cross between Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story/poem and David Fincher's Se7en.
McTeigue explained some of the plot in a previous interview saying,
There's basically a serial killer loose in 1850's Baltimore and he's using Poe's stories as his methodology, so then he leaves clues at each murder and says it's up to Poe to find him before he kills (again)."
John Cusack is a very wonderful and likable actor and I'm looking forward to seeing his portrayal of Poe. Jeremy Renner and Ewan McGregor are also attached to the project, but there's still no word on the characters they are going to play in the story.
McTeigue is the same guy that brought us films such as V For Vendetta which was awesome, and Ninja Assassin which wasn't so awesome. Regardless of what you or I think of his work, this story for The Raven sounds intriguing.
What do you all think about Cusack being cast in the film as Poe?