According to John Cusack’s latest tweet, he will be playing the classic author, Edgar Allen Poe, in The Raven.
“Officiali- will play edgar allen poe in fall-a-film called the raven, send any poe- gold – my way as i begin this journey into the abyss,” Cusack tweeted.
The film will be directed by James McTiegue, who already has an impressive resume with Ninja Assasin and V for Vendetta.
According to IMDB, it will be a fictionalized account of Poe’s last days, during which the author is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror Poe’s in his stories. The killer leaves clues behind that only Poe would be able to understand.
Certainly a little meatier role for Cusack, but one that I think he will be able to handle after seeing his performance in 1408.
It is set to start shooting on Oct 25 in Budapest and Serbia, which will serve as a backdrop for 1849 Baltimore.
Here is the actual Poe story, The Raven, as read by Darth Vader.