Today is the anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe’s death in 1849. The noted author passed away in a hospital bed several days after he’d been found wandering the streets, delirious and with no memory of how he’d landed in such a state. The circumstances leading to Poe’s death continue to be one of history’s bigger mysteries, one that director James McTeigue will explore in his upcoming thriller The Raven, starring John Cusack.
The movie, which opens March 9, also stars Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson. McTeigue’s take is a work of pure fiction, with no basis in fact; the story follows Poe as he teams up with a detective (Evans) to help solve a series of gruesome murders seemingly inspired by Poe’s works. Today brings us our first look at the movie, thanks to a new trailer, released to commemorate the great author’s death.
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.
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