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What if Edgar Allen Poe, the master of the written macabre, did more than just write about about the evil things that man do? Well then he’d be kind of like John Cusack in James McTeigue’s “The Raven”, the first trailer for which you can sample below. I like the idea, it’s certainly very intriguing, if a tad trendy in this day and age of “fantasies come to life” that Hollywood is currently in lust with. Cusack as Poe certainly doesn’t come across like another Sherlock Holmes wannabe, in that he doesn’t look all that “super genius-y”, and seems completely out of his element among actual murders and guns. Curiously, Poe is in fashion lately, with this movie and an upcoming ABC TV show called “Poe” that seems to mine the same territory — Poe as a real-life Detective.
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John 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.
“The Raven” takes flight next year, March 9, 2012, with a cast that includes John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
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