John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe: Exclusive on-set snapshots from The Raven

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31 Responses to “John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe: Exclusive on-set snapshots from The Raven”

  1. Hirsty says:

    I haz teh statelies

  2. Anonymous says:

    So, is this going to be like The Crow, but bigger?
    LOL!

  3. Miriam Heddy says:

    Fans self.

  4. Darwindr says:

    Hmmm, I’m starting to wonder about the merits of a “revisionist supernatural detective thriller” starring a fictional version of Poe with a beard and a raven on his hand.

    Don’t let us down McTeigue!

  5. vancouvergrrl says:

    Have to confess I’ve been horribly spoiled by Michael Sheen’s current Twitter avatar, which is his Hallowe’en costume, as Poe, and to me, THAT IS POE.

    But this could be good, especially as it doesn’t seem to be straight biography.

    I love Poe: great fun to be able to lecture on him on his birthday.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I remember this from a Halloween special of The Simpsons, weird, I’m actually thrilled about this one.

  7. the|one says:

    Okay, how did they NOT cast Nicolas Cage for this one?

  8. Mosh says:

    These pictures just remind me of how desperately I want a supernatural film noir about the three days where Poe was missing between the party he disappeared from and the gutter he was found in. How he wouldn’t speak to anyone and died in a delirious state a week later. I understand it was probably some drug induced death, but I yearn for a journey no man could possibly understand without going insane that drove Poe off the very edge of oblivion.

    On topic, though, John Cusack does look amazing. He used to be one of my favorite actors on charm factor alone, but lately I’ve begun to doubt his staying ability as a serious performer. Hopefully this film will turn that opinion around.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The second pix lives up to John as the “Gentleman Bandit” :) Nice! VERY Excited for The Raven release! Thanks for sharing the awesome photos from the set Xeni!

  10. Oceans 'til Dawn says:

    Wow, great photos. Thanks to John & Boing Boing for the sneak peek! Really looking forward to seeing John as Poe!!!

    P.S. John sits so well on a horse doesn’t he?!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Poetry – sport of the future!

  12. Gar the Pitiless says:

    @ #7: Don’t Trent-roll me, bro!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Mosh. Cusak has the ability to bring a complete and true interpretation of Poe. If he does his work as he usually does I am sure we will see a brilliant performance. But if not, then the cry of the Raven will be heard loud and far.

    C. Webster Rose

  14. RDJ says:

    I think Bill Murray looks a lot like Poe (though he’s too old to play him now). I even posted side by sides on my blog last February:

    http://gunsandverbs.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/edgar-allan-murray/

    • Ugly Canuck says:

      Agreed as to Murray’s suitability and age: this would have been a good role for him twenty or more years ago.

      I very much liked Mr Cusack’s portrayal of a young Nelson Rockefeller in ‘The Cradle Will Rock’, a film in which Mr Murray did some fine work as well :

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150216/

      …and I think that he’s a good choice to play the part.

  15. scifijazznik says:

    I saw John Astin do Poe a few years ago and he was astoundingly good. I’m a big fan of both Poe and Cusak. Fingers crossed.

  16. Mark Crummett says:

    Somehow Edgar Allan Poe and the phrase “impossibly bad-ass” are two things that do not go together in my mind.

  17. SonOfSamSeaborn says:

    First I heard of the movie too. I’m not going to see it now and I think I’m going to email the studio to tell them that I intend to PIRATE THE SHIT OUT OF IT.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm…, love John Cusack; love Poe, his stories and been dressed to look him over Halloween. But I am not sure about a “bad-ass” Poe; he was no cowboy of eh, New England. Poe was creative mind with melancholy pensiveness and good dash of Northeastern gloom.

  19. Ken Cope says:

    What? Poe, not portrayed by Lee Presson? Pffft.

    (cough, Dickens Christmas Faire. Zombies. Poe. cough, Thriller link to youtube video cough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPHvg34n7Kk )

  20. Peter K. says:

    For a long time I’ve had this idea of a short film version of The Raven starring a fantasy cast of Christopher Walken (the narrator) and Steve Buscemi (playing the part of a vaguely anthropomorphically headed Raven). But otherwise a sort of a straight laced, traditional depiction of the confrontation in a gloomy study with fireplace, high backed chairs, etc.

    But by bizarre coincidence I’d always pictured the bust of Pallas being modeled after the head and shoulders of Joan Cusack.

  21. napoleon says:

    This is the first way I heard about the movie, and I haven’t seen another article or presentation of a set of photos that makes it look as appealing.

    Does the movie studio resent the free advertising?

  22. inness says:

    Who let someone dye that poor goshawk?!

  23. mdh says:

    Two great tastes that taste great together.

  24. TimDrew says:

    Being a fan of Cusack, to me this one certainly has poe-tential…

  25. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget that New York animator Michael Sporn has a Poe biography in the making for years now. See http://www.poestory.net/ for details.

  26. lewis stoole says:

    let’s get into trouble, baby!

  27. facetedjewel says:

    John Cusack wasn’t in American Beauty; he was in America’s Sweethearts.

    Are you thinking of Wes Bentley (American Beauty)?

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