John Cusack to play Edgar Allan Poe in THE RAVEN
John Cusack surprised a few of his followers when he tweeted that he's been cast as Edgar Allan Poe in V FOR VENDETTA director James McTeigue's THE RAVEN. This comes as a surprise, as Ewan McGregor seemed to have been the first choice for the role. McGregor seems more in touch with his dark side than Cusack has been in recent years.
But Cusack is embracing the darkness and wants all the help he can get, adding to his tweet "send any Poe-gold my way as I begin this journey into the abyss." I like watching Cusack wallow in the abyss. My favorite roles of his are when he is in touch with his inner darkness, think SAY ANYTHING, GROSSE POINTE BLANK, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, and HIGH FIDELITY.
The film is a fictionalization of the last five days of Poe's life. In the film, he is taking part in a manhunt for a serial killer who has taken inspiration from Poe's work. What an interesting idea for a story. Is it in poor taste to wish that this was based on real events - an art imitates life story?
I'm excited to see how the action elements will play out on this one. Though I failed to see it, many of my friends had good things to say about SHERLOCK HOLMES, and I'm hoping this one follows in those footsteps.
The film is set to begin production this fall, which is perfect to capture the mood of the story. As this is the first and probably the most important bit of casting news, we can expect more casting info very soon.
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