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Waiting To See A Picture Of John Cusack As Edgar Allan Poe?? Nevermore!!

Merrick here...
Gawker posted an AP photograph of John Cusack on-set and in-costume as Edgar Allan Poe during filming of THE RAVEN. This one's from James McTeigue (V FOR VENDETTA, NINJA ASSASSIN) and features author Poe in pursuit of a serial killer. Here's a look at Cusack appearing amazingly in character, followed by an image of the real Poe...

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  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Great Likeness

    by HelmetBoy

    Cusack is a ledgend

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Great Likeness

    by HelmetBoy

    Cusack is a ledgend

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Its Poerriffic

    by Inglorious Bastard

    Still not sure about Cusack as Poe though.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Great Likeness

    by HelmetBoy

    Cusack is a ledgend

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Great Likeness

    by chucks888

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Reason for doubt...

    by Inglorious Bastard

    Has John Cusack ever played anyone but John Cusack in a film? Admittedly, he does play John Cusack really well.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, noon CST

    Why is that fool wearing NIKE SHOX????

    by damiz707

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Greatest EAP Cameo

    by Aquatarkusman

    Was when Brock Samson explained "I always wanted to get Edgar Allen Poe in a headlock!" on a time-traveling Venture Brothers episode. BTW, Poe died at 40, Cusack is 44 now.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    If it wasn't for McTeague...

    by NateLibre

    I probably wouldn't watch this. I'm a huge Poe fan, and haven't seen much greatness out of Cusack in years, but V for Vendetta and Ninja Assassin definitely display McTeague's directing skill (even if you can't see half the fighting in NA because of the lighting). Speaking of McTeague, the Wachowski's need to get back in the game soon. Speed Racer was the object to Scott Pilgrim's shadow, and was greatly overlooked. Can't wait to see what the Wachowskis cook up next...

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Got that massive Christina Ricci forehead down

    by sweeneydave

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Would skip this because of McTeague

    by Arkhangelsk

    but I really wanna see John Cusack as Poe. Great actor, great writer, 2 icons. And I'm sorry, but a movie about ninjas fighting, where you can't see any of the fighting because of bad lighting, does not say great directing directing skill.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Great Likeness

    by TheGreatHomsar

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Great Likeness

    by TheGreatHomsar

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Like Greatness

    by TheGreatHomsar

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by TheGreatHomsar

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Holy Cow

    by CornNut007

    Could this be the part John Cusack was born to play. The likeness in uncanny.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    He looks great!

    by TheCommodore

    John Cusack is one of my favorite actors. I can't wait to see his performance as Poe!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Did Poe EVER have a goatee? No.

    by riskebiz

    Answer: No. Never. It's like filming a movie about Lincoln and giving him a full mustache/goatee because he'd look cooler.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Too bad for Sly Stallone And Michael Jackson

    by donkingkong

    Looks like Cusack beat 'em to the punch.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Jeffery Coombs

    by CreepingCruds

    Still prefer JC as Poe but this might work..

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Wait is he wearing sneakers and solving murders

    by donkingkong

    just asking

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by Inglorious Bastard

    When did Poe start wearing sneakers? Oh wait this must be the time traveling hip-hop Poe from the 80s. I loved his video with Run-DMC

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Poe chasing a serial killer???

    by eleikus

    I thought this was going to be a biopic? Instead, its going to be a dumb action movie. This is an insult to Poe. Not only that, but Cusack is a horrible choice. Is there any actor LESS dark?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Sherlock Poe

    by torontoxic

    Faulkner nailed it

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Teh Suk

    by Inglorious Bastard

    Riiiight, I'm the douchebag. I was making a harmless joke and you're taking something you read on the internet way too seriously. Cheer up, I'm sure your parents' divorce wasn't your fault, kiddo.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Teh Suk

    by Inglorious Bastard

    I was just thinking the other day about how the internet was lacking in people who believe their opinions matter more than everyone elses. Thanks for filling that void. Don't believe what everyone else tells you, you aren't just a cliche.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    ninja assassin was unwatchable

    by chucks888

    which means wachowski's definitely ghost directed v for vendetta

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Poe's moustache

    by enderandrew

    It is a distinguishing feature. If you're trying to look like a real person that we all know, then maybe you should try to look him.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by Inglorious Bastard

    How did you know I frequent bestiality sites?!?!?! Are you a mind reader?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Since when did Poe wear Nike Airs?

    by sam jacksons wig

    And black jeans for that matter? And why does Cussack look like a hybrid of Tom Savini? <br><br> And where the hell was I.....?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Too Cartoony

    by WickedJester

    That's the new AICN TB Phrase, right?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Sir Edward Grey - Witchfinder

    by SpartacusHughes

    In Service The Service Of Angels

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Teh Suk

    by Inglorious Bastard

    I have a pretend psychology degree (which is as good as a real one, right?) Just tell me what makes you so angry and I'll kiss it and make it better. And don't say "my cock" because I can only be fooled by that one once.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Edgar Allen Poe gotta eat souls!

    by kafka07

    Some observations: Poe is wearing Nikes. Cusack looks more gaunt than bloated (bloated is needed to get that true Poe look). And this director isn't so great (Ninja Assassin). And lastly, where is Stallone, for he needs to be Poe!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Stuart Gordon's "Masters of Horror" episode

    by Kammich

    Stuart Gordon's second Masters of Horror episode, "The Black Cat," is one of the best shows in the series and a seriously badass portrayal of Poe by Jeffrey Combs. Its essentially 60 minutes of Poe hallucinating because he thinks his dying wife's black cat is trying to torment him. Its fucking awesome.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    sweeneydave... When you say massive

    by MurderMostFowl

    Her forehead isn't what I think of first. <BR><BR>That girl was blessed

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Great casting but fie on ignoring Stallone

    by kevred

    Why not have both a good cast and someone behind the project with a long-time passion for the material? Odds are we'll instead get a Sherlock-lite money grab which won't satisfy anyone.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    In The Service Of Angels (correction)

    by SpartacusHughes


  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Another take on 'The Raven'

    by DonWoo2

    I've been working on a short film version of The Raven for almost a year now. So I was a little bummed when I first heard about this project but I'm glad it's so different from ours, which is simply based on the poem and not the life of Poe. Check out the trailer if you're interested!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    This could be a lot worse than it appears.

    by sam jacksons wig

    It could be JOAN cussack, and she could have a beard instead.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Waiting To See A Picture Of John Cusack . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . with a goatee? Nevermore!! Big fucking snoooze . . .

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Why the goatee? Did they think Poe looked too much like

    by V'Shael

    Hitler if he just had the small tache?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I guess goatees are cooler than moustaches

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Maybe they should give him a sleeveless shirt and some tribal tattoos too.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Will Zack Galifinakus' beard be appearing in this?


    Zack Galifinakus' beard gotta eat!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I'll see it

    by disfigurehead

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Poe pulled a Jerry Lee?

    by skimn

    Didn't know he married his 13 year old cousin when he was 26...Poe you little Polanski, you.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    He looks great but...

    by Aftertaste

    Costume Dept. really dropped the ball on the background characters outfits.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to good biopics?...

    by eustisclay

    ...Stallones been trying to get his Poe off the ground forever and we can't get a great Lincoln biography bet we'll get him fighting zombies. Well, maybe this will be decent, kind of a Time after Time like flick.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to good biopics?...

    by eustisclay

    ...Stallones been trying to get his Poe off the ground forever and we can't get a great Lincoln biography bet we'll get him fighting zombies. Well, maybe this will be decent, kind of a Time after Time like flick.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Fucking lame Hollywood idea

    by BenBraddock

    Just make a biopic already!!!!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Jeremy Davies would be a good choice for EAP

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    He seems more naturally tortured than Cusak does, and looks the part.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    HUGE TWIST!!!!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

    Poe actually WRITES the character of the serial killer he is chasing!!! Totally non-factual at this point, but it seems like the shit Hollywood throw at us these days.

  • flick.if they manage to give us a better mystery and dark atmosphere than RDJ's Holmes had (which i liked a lot) i am all for it.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    John Cusack rocks my socks

    by Customikey

    Looking forward to ths!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Cusack looks damned cool!

    by BradZuhl

    The image of Cusack, and a description I saw elsewhere comparing this film to Se7en, has me sold on this one!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Will There Be A Cusack Yelling In The Rain Scene?

    by Drunken Busboy

    Every movie he is in it seems like there is a scene where his character is yelling or professing his love outside while it is down pouring rain. It is almost his trademark now! ;)

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Jesus shit he really looks like him.

    by Ironhelix

    I don't know anything about the movie, but this is a good start.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    More Kraven the Hunter than Poe

    by BenBraddock

    and the hairline is wrong, Poe had a huge forehead. Duff.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    How come hollywood's afraid of a little stache?

    by God's Brother

    They gave Tony Stark a goatee and now Poe. Come on man, leave these characters' nose beards alone!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by Dennis_Moore

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    he looks like CONAN O'BRIEN portraying Poe

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Quoth the raven...

    by fscottnational

    Troy: I'm here to tell you about `Spiffy!', the twenty-first-century stain remover. Let's meet the inventor, Dr. Nick Riviera. Nick: Troy, I brought with me the gravestone of author and troubled soul Edgar Allen Poe! (exhibits a grimy tombstone) Troy: One of our best writers. Nick: Yes, but unfortunately, a century of neglect has turn this tombstone into a depressing eyesore. Troy: So what? I guess we're going to have to throw it away. Nick: Not so fast, Troy! With one application of Spiffy, you'll think the body's still warm! (applies some Spiffy, removes all the grime) Troy: Quoth the raven, "What a SHINE!"

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by BandysTract

    "In July 2009, Combs returned to his stage roots and reprised his role as Edgar Allan Poe in a one-man theatrical show entitled Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood, CA.[4] Although only supposed to run for a month, the show enjoyed much success and sold-out crowds, and was extended four times"

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by Bootskin

    Basically, Poe is purported to have "invented" the detective novel, as we know it today. Perhaps this story is a historical drama, in which he eventually fictionalizes his own experiences -similarly to the hundreds of similar Lovecraft stories out there?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    This looks like a movie made specifically for me!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I've been obsessed with Poe since grade school and John Cusack has been one of my favorite actors since high school. If this falls somewhere between Gothic Hammer period films and the Downey Jr. "Sherlock Holmes" then this will be one of greatest two hours I've ever spent in a theater.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    BTW: It's time for Cusack to shine!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Cusack is an amazing actor with 20 years of solid character work behind him, but recently has started to appear in big budget crap like "2012", where he had no chance of rising above the effects. It's time for him to finally become a huge star at middle age, just like Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr. have done.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Teh Suk

    by riskebiz

    Sorry, was working all day. You, apparently, had all day to make an @$$ of your self. Congratulations on that. You came off just as good as Cusack's Poe Van Dyke did. Anyway, if someone historically is only known for having a moustache, I think it's a weird choice to give him a Tony Stark goatee just to be cool. It adds nothing. That said, I like Cusack. I hope the film works. The van dyke is stupid, though.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by joee60

    Whatever to Sylvester Stallone's Edgar Allen Poe Screenplay?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Look at his head! It's uncanny!

    by Chishu_Ryu

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST


    by NateLibre

    Point taken. But lighting aside, a great part of directing is telling and maintaining a strong character-based narrative, which McTeague excels at IMO. There's definitely promise here...

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    I gotta admit,...

    by Horgy

    I always wanted to get Edgar Allen Poe in a headlock. Look at that thing, it's like a pumpkin!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    My eyes almost popped out of my head

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    My internet connection went down while I was loading the article, and it had only loaded the real Poe pic. I read the blurb about the amazing likeness and then looked at the photo. Holy shit, most amazing likeness ever.<p> Then my connection came back. Oh well.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    good casting

    by frank cotton

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    John Cusack is about a foot taller than Poe, but I guess that doesn't matter.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by doom master

    I thought you were BETTER than this...I thought you were the character creating dervish we've seen in your last movies...The 80s throwback underdog who plays characters that are basically...well...John Cusack with an 80s frown. God dammit, John! YOU ARE NOT JOHNNY DEPP! YOURE BETTER THAN THAT!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Besides, Edgar Allan POe was a JACKOFF

    by doom master

    I mean cmon...EMO tea party anyone? They guy was a total Victorian Era WHINER who wrote a few wordy poems and somehow got them published because they pitied him so. Now we get some corpse stalker who keeps leaving flowers on his grave every year and has since disappeared into obscurity... I guess he got bored...Which is just what this movie will do to you: either make you a stalker, or just make you bored.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Good Call on Jeremy Davies for Poe

    by DiscoGodfather

    Timur Bepgjesorghnoesgfbeukov should hire him for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The question is still who plays Lincoln... ?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck You Doom Master

    by Nachokoolaid

    Poe is one of the masters of the English language. Now just shut the fuck up before you make yourself seem more idiotic.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Yet He Has Nike's On...

    by c3120

    Who knew Poe rocked Nike Shockz back in the day...

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Wow. Cusack is this generation's Daniel Day Lewis.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST

    LOL Nike's

    by TheWaqman

    I hope they keep that in the film. It will be a hilarious wtf moment. Besides this film sounds like shite anyways. Director of Ninja Assassin and V for Vendetta?! ROFl.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Cusak without the goatee...

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    probably looked to "porn-star"! I'm not convinced Cusak is right for this. Jeremy Davies would have been spot on, but he's in the same realm people find Crispin Glover. Daniel Day Lewis would have been awesome; he's the king of period movies!

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    a direct line can be drawn from POE to DOOM. how could you not see that?

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Wow - I never knew Poe wore Nike!

    by MonkeyManReturns

    I guess these must be their first style of foot wear... ;P

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Poe the Predator

    by MrNyborg

    Cusack might pull this off. Hope the'll make it gothic From hell style.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Who plays Lincoln?

    by skimn

    Stephen McHattie would be a good choice if Zack Snyder doesn't have him busy. But like Jeremy Davis, they have to go with a "name".

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    The comparisons to Sherlock Holmes

    by _.l-_-l._

    are actually pretty fair considering that the character Poe created, C. Auguste Dupin, was a large influence for Arthur Conan Doyle. Poe's character was a brilliant (possibly mildly autistic) man who uses pure logic and analysis to solve crimes which the local prefect brings to him when all other efforts have failed. He smokes a meerschaum pipe and lives a solitary life with his friend who serves as the stories narrator. And this is all before the word detective had even entered into the english language. I have a feeling this movie is going to blur facts and make Poe out to be like his character of Dupin, who helps the investigators in their search for a serial killer who is using Poe's poems or fiction as inspiration for his killings. Poe will be the only man who can possibly predict the killers actions. I hope I'm wrong because this all sounds predictable as hell. My guess is this will be a cross between From Hell's Frederick Abberline and the RDJ Sherlock Holmes. Only more depressing. Oh yeah and Cusack raising his eyebrows into that mildly confused look he seems to enjoy so much.