First Photos of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in ‘The Raven’

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John Cusack Edgar Allan Poe First Photos of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven

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.

John Cusack Edgar Allen Poe The Raven First Photos of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven

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

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  1. Not too bad , though I do not recall seeing a picture of Poe with a beard .

  2. Cusack is good in everything he does. I’m counting the days here now…

  3. Looks like him…about 82%. Like to see the trailer before I make up m mind.

    • Well to get 100% they can always CGI the large forehead lol.

      • Thats true but it might look a tad bit silly on Cusack. 82% is just fine with me.

  4. So should I just forget John Cusack in 2012 or what?…

    • Yes, lets just forget that 2012 ever happen.

  5. Cusack is great but Alice Eve is wayyy out of his league haha

  6. Sounds like an intriguing premise. Were it a different actor in the lead, I’d definitely go see it.

    • Not a fan of Cusack?

      • I’ve liked two or three of his roles. He just seems better suited for contemporary pieces.

  7. Love Cusack he’s right up there as one of the greatest actors in history as far as I’m concerned and Poe is among the greatest writers and they greatest poet. I’ve been in since day one and this only makes me want to see it more.

    • Yeah this could be absolutely brilliant. Cusack is always great, and Poe is fantastic, I’ll be disappointed if this isnt great.

    • I’d have to agree on both accounts here…Cusack is a fantastic actor, and one of my favorites…and Poe is just one of the best poets ever, I think that’s obvious to everyone :-p

  8. His face is way too big. Honestly.

  9. I don’t find Cusack all that strong in serious roles. He was his best in “High Fidelity” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.” That’s not to say I didn’t like him in “Identity” and “Being John Malkovich.”

    I guess I’m just going to need a trailer to decide.

  10. Jes I strongly suggest watching Grace is Gone he gives an amazing performance

    • I second this, that’s a wonderful film.

    • @ Daniel F and Zach: Thanks for the suggestion. I haven’t seen that one yet.

  11. I generally like Cusack, but it’s a challenge sometimes to forget the real life imbecilic rants he’ spouts off with once in a while.

    As for some of the fan-cheer that’s he’s one of the best actors out there, ummm, let’s not carried away. He’s entertaining, picks interesting projects, and has a hint of humor even when he’s not trying sometimes.

    He’s likable as long as he keeps his whacko political ideas off the public radar and I’ll probably see this one as long as he doesnt stick his foot in his mouth again before the release.

  12. This is one movie to look forward to, everything so far sounds pretty good so I cant wait to see this

  13. Can’t wait to see this film!

    Casting Cusack as Poe was a stroke of genius IMO!