First Image of John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe in THE RAVEN – Updated With Official Synopsis

     June 24, 2011


The first image of John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe in the thriller The Raven has landed online. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the film is set in 1849 and stars Cusack as the iconic author/poet who joins forces with a detective in hopes of stopping a murderer who is inspired by Poe’s work. Luke Evans, Alice Eve, and Brendan Gleeson also star in the pic. I’m really liking the Se7en vibe the logline gives and, as a fan of both Poe and Cusack, I’m pretty excited about checking this one out when it hits theaters on March 9th, 2012.

Update: The official synopsis has been sent out.  It’s below the picture.

Here’s the pic:


Directed by: James McTeigue
Written by:  Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare
Cast: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Produced by: Mark D Evans, Trevor Macy, and Aaron Ryder
Executive Producer: Jesus Martinez


In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allen 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), 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.


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  • Joon

    . . . and the same costume designer from SHERLOCK HOLMES?

  • Jason

    I was also trying to figure out why this looks so close to Sherlock Holmes design and then it hit me. It’s the full goatee. Poe always had just a moustache.

    • Jason

      Which doesn’t make any sense either. It’s some weird bleeding effect where Downey had the goatee as Tony Stark, not as Sherlock. Man, too much media saturation. Regardless, the movie looks good.

    • Pocahontas

      Also, Poe never had money enough to afford high class clothing. He wore his jacket buttoned up to hide the drabs underneath. I’m excited about the movie, but I fear it wont be as true to E.A.Poe as I’d like it to be.

  • T

    Well, seeing that Poe died in 1849 (the year this film takes place) and that the character of Sherlock Holmes was supposedly born only several years after that date, it’s not hard to believe that the fashion style of men’s clothes wasn’t too different between London and Baltimore only a couple of decades afterwards, when Holmes would have been of the proper age to wear such garb. It wasn’t like the 1980′s compared to the 1990′s where checkerboard jumpsuits and extremely puffy blue hair went from being common to outlandish.

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  • droopy

    “first image”

    i know there are at least 3 other pictures out there of cusack in costume, released a while ago, so i wouldnt actually call it the FIRST image, not exactly no

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