John Cusack Tweets About New Edgar Allen Poe Role

John Cusack Tweets About New Edgar Allen Poe Role
by Jenni Miller Aug 28th 2010 // 3:02PM
John Cusack's Tweets are infamous for being somewhat hard to decipher (or, some would say, grammatically incorrect and full of typos, but these people need to chill a little), but they're always pretty entertaining and occasionally political. Now we can turn to them for breaking news as well. Earlier yesterday he confirmed he will be joining the film 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".

That would be James McTeigue's The Raven; the director began discussing his film during press for last summer's Ninja Assassin. At the time, he told Cinematical that it "is about the fictionalized last five days of Edgar Allen Poe. There's a serial killer loose in 1850s Baltimore who's killing people in the manner Poe kills people in his stories. And it's a race against time for Poe and a detective to find the killer. I'm in the middle of casting at the moment, I was scouting in Europe and just got back." Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy) penned the screenplay.

It was previously reported that Jeremy Renner and Ewan McGregor would star in the movie -- perhaps with McGregor as the killer? -- but for now, it's anyone's guess who will be opposite Cusack. Of course, I'm assuming that he'll be playing Poe, but perhaps he'll be the killer? In any case, it will be great to see Cusack on the big screen again. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go rewatch Hot Tub Time Machine again.

John Cusack Plays Poe For "Raven"
By Garth Franklin
John Cusack has revealed through his Twitter account that he's set to play legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.

"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" says the tweet.

At last report, James McTeigue ("V for Vendetta") would direct the project which re-imagines the author as something of a mid-19th century profiler who joins the hunt for a serial killer whose murders are inspired by his stories.

The film's setting takes place during the final week leading up to Poe's death in 1849, during which the author essentially vanished for several days with no account of his whereabouts. He was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in great distress and repeating the name Reynolds before dying several days later in hospital.

Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston penned the screenplay.
John Cusack plays Poe in movie thriller

John Cusack, last seen in the mock eighties movie Hot Tub Time Machine, is set to play Edgar Allan Poe in a fictional thriller.

Cusack will portray he American literary icon in The Raven, directed by James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin, V For Vendetta ), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"Send any poe-gold my way as i begin this journey into the abyss," the 44-year-old performer said on his Twitter account late Friday.

He also revealed in the tweet that the role had originated with British actor Michael Sheen, known for his portrayal of ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair in The Queen.

"Just a few weeks ago I spoke at Comic-Con with actor Michael Sheen, who said he planned to portray Poe during his last days in a film called The Raven." Comic-Con is the annual pop culture convention in San Diego.

The story will be set in the last five days of Poe's life. The plot circles on the kidnapping of Poe's fiancée by a serial killer, causing the writer to partner with a detective in search of her.

In the movie, the killer goes on a murder rampage that parallels the author's work.

Shooting in Serbia and Hungary is set to begin in October. The European locations will stand in for the city of Baltimore, circa 1849.

29 August 2010
John Cusack Is The Raven's Poe
So Tweeteth the actor...
Source: Heat Vision Blog
Oh, Twitter… How useful you are for letting actors (and other filmmaking folk) announce details of future projects through unofficial channels. The latest celebrity Twitterator to give his career the 140-character press treatment is John Cusack, who has announced that he’s playing Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven.

V for Vendetta/Ninja Assassin’s James McTeigue is busy gearing up the film, which is set during the last five days of the writer’s life. But this isn’t some stuffy biopic with him gracefully dying and experiencing characters from his stories coming to life… Nope, the tale will see him teaming up with a detective to hunt down a serial killer with a serious Poe obsession who has kidnapped the scribbler’s fiancée and is out on a murder spree inspired by his work. Well, it’s only a slightly worse idea than some fan fiction we’ve read in our time…

McTeigue has been through a few Poes as the film has developed, with Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor both attached at different times. And he’ll need to find a new detective, since his most recent choice, Jeremy Renner, is headed off to join the new Mission: Impossible film (which is apparently no longer using the “4” in its title).

The film will start shooting at the end of October in Budapest and Serbia. Cusack, meanwhile, should really look into a sub-editor for his tweets…

James White
John Cusack As Edgar Allan Poe In “The Raven” Movie
August 30th, 2010 by Castina

Tagged as: John Cusack
New Casting News Out Of Hollywood: John Cusack will play 19th century gothic literature giant Edgar Allan Poe in a new murder mystery inspired by the writer’s famed poem The Raven.

Cusack will step in front of the camera for a fictionalized account of Poe’s mysterious last days chasing a serial killer.

“Official I 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 announced in a post on his Twitter.come page over the weekend.

The period thriller — directed by James McTeigue — hits theaters next year. Filming begins next month.


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