First Look: John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe in THE RAVEN

Here's our first official look at John Cusack as American writer, cosmologist and cryptographer Edgar Allen Poe in James McTeigue's (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) revisionist supernatural detective thriller The Raven. In this highly theatrical fictional version of his final days, Poe, the author of so many gruesome murder mysteries, becomes involved in his own macabre case and is in pursuit of a killer who mirrors many that he himself has written about. The film is currently shooting the Gothic thriller in Serbia, from a script by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. Alice Eve plays Poe's kidnapped fiancee, and Luke Evans is the detective who partners up with Poe. There's lots of potential here... Poe is a rather mysterious figure of 19th century Gothic literature and in many ways he was Sherlock Holmes before Sherlock Holmes existed but then V For Vendetta had limitless promise also and was turned into a pretty but substance-free adaptation by McTeigue. Let's hope he's grown.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.