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Fresh on the heels of the first trailer and a bunch of photos, star John Cusack has let slip a couple of additional snapshots from the set of “The Raven”. The 45-year-old Cusack plays famed poet and writer, Edgar Allen Poe, and the actor looks suitably pasty and spooky to portray the alcoholic author, though obviously a little more handsome than the original. Take a peek for yourself down below.
“The Raven” imagines Poe as a real-life detective. Here’s a synopsis:
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (Cusack, “Being John Malkovich”) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, “Immortals”) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”, “Ninja Assassin”), the film also stars Alice Eve (“Sex and the City 2”), Brendan Gleeson (“In Bruges”) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Faster”). When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper–part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.
Directed by James McTiegue (“Ninja Assassin”, “V For Vendetta”), “The Raven”, with Cusack and company, is scheduled to open March 9, 2012.