In August, we reported that John Cusack had been cast as famed poet and author Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue’s upcoming film The Raven. According to McTeigue, the movie will be a cross between the suspense movie Se7en and Poe’s famous poem “The Raven” and will be a fictionalized account of Poe’s dying days.

The psychological thriller will follow Poe and a detective (played by Luke Evans) as they track down a serial killer inspired by the author’s work. The movie also stars Alice Eve as Poe’s kidnapped fiancee.

This week, Huffington Post snagged a first look photo of John Cusack in costume as Edgar Allan Poe. The black and white image shows Cusack holding a raven on his right arm and looking stern. He doesn’t have Poe’s large forehead, but other than that, it’s a decent Hollywood representation of the famously morose author.

Check out the picture for yourself below.

When I first learned about this project, I thought it sounded fairly intriguing. James McTeigue is a director whom I admire, and you can always count on John Cusack for a solid performance.

To me, Cusack is like a baseball player that bats .300. He’s consistent, and he’ll occasionally give you a home run. Hopefully, The Raven will be a home run.

Interestingly, McTeigue’s movie isn’t the only Hollywood film coming out called The Raven. Earlier this month, we wrote that Mark Wahlberg was in talks to produce and star in a feature-length version of director Ricardo De Montreuil’s impressive short-film of the same name. Needless to say, the latter film has nothing to do with Edgar Allan Poe.

What do you think of the Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in the Raven? Let us know in the comments below.

The Raven will swoop into theaters in 2011.

Source: Huffington Post