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Is John Cusack Believable As Edgar Allen Poe? Watch 'The Raven' Trailer & Find Out

October 7th, 2011 9:03am EDT

The Raven

Upon discovering that a psychotic serial killer has been using his writings as inspiration, legendary author Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a bright, young Baltimore detective to catch the maniac and end his reign of terror in "The Raven."

Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) was investigating a vicious murder when he realized the crime scene bore a striking resemblance to a mystery story that was just published in the local newspaper. The author of that ominous tale was Edgar Allan Poe, a brilliant young writer whose status as a social outcast catches the attention of the diligent detective. Shortly after Poe is questioned by the authorities, detectives stumble upon yet another murder scene that seems to have been inspired by the author's morbid writings.

Convinced that the killer will once again use Poe's writings as a springboard to murder, Detective Fields recruits the reclusive author to help piece together a pattern to the crimes and stop the madman before he can strike again.

Brendan Gleeson and Alice Eve co-star in this tense period thriller from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). The film hits theaters in March 2012.

Did You Know? Some Unusual Facts about Poe, the "Enigmatic Master of Darkness":

-Poe wrote a fabricated news story of a balloon trip across the ocean to garner attention and publicity in New York City.

-Poe was a champion for higher wages for writers and international copyright law, as his writings were continuously published without him getting credit or compensation.

-Prior to becoming Poe’s wife at the age of 13, his female cousin Virginia acted as a courier, delivering letters to Poe’s lady loves.

-From 1949 to 2009, a mysterious figure has left a half-empty bottle of cognac and 3 roses on Poe’s grave every day on his birthday.

-Poe formulated rules for the short story, including that it should relate a complete action and take place within one day in one place.

-Poe was deeply interested by cryptography, the creation and translation of secret codes, and was very proud of his ability to translate them. He would challange readers of various publications where he worked to send him codes to decipher and, by all accounts, he seemed able to unlock the secrets to any he received.

-Poe’s lifelong dream of owning and operating his own publication never came to fruition.

-Poe met with Charles Dickens while Dickens was in the US on a lecture tour, and solicited his help with getting published in England—nothing ever came of it.

-Poe’s grandfather was an important figure in the American Revolution, contributing a large sum of his own money to outfit local branches of the Continental Army. His wife, Poe’s grandmother, personally sewed over 500 soldiers’ uniforms for Lafayette’s troops as they passed through Baltimore.

-Poe joined the Army in 1827, lying to recruiters about his age and name. He also published his first collection of poetry during this time. He achieved the rank of Sergeant Major.

-Poe experienced periods of extreme destitution, often having to burn his furniture to keep warm during the winter.

-Poe successfully sought expulsion from West Point. That being said, he was one of the top students in his class.

-Wrote poetic tributes to all the pivotal women in his life.

-Poe had two biological siblings, but all were raised in separate foster homes. -Poe’s childhood hero was Lord Byron.

-The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore is in jeopardy of being closed in mid-2012 due to Baltimore City budget cuts. The city eliminated the Museum’s funding in 2010.

-Edgar Allan Poe was buried in Westminster Burying Ground and had no headstone for years after his death. In 1860, Poe’s relatives commissioned a small headstone that erroneously listed Poe’s birth date as January 20 instead of January 19 and was destroyed in a train accident before it made it to the gravesite.

-In 1875 Poe’s remains were dug up and moved to a memorial site to be near his family and a gravestone was placed in the wrong spot and was moved around several times. This lead people to wonder not only where Poe’s original burial spot was but also if the man who was moved to the spot by the memorial is even Edgar Allan Poe.

Photo Credits: Relativity


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