John Cusack to play Edgar Allan Poe in "The Raven"

Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:11pm EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Cusack will portray Edgar Allan Poe in "The Raven," a fictional thriller set during the last five days of the author's life.

The story follows Poe as he is forced to partner with a detective in search of a serial killer who has kidnapped his fiancee and has gone on a murder spree that mimics his works.

The project will be directed by James McTeigue ("Ninja Assassin," "V For Vendetta"). Shooting begins October 25, with Budapest and Serbia standing in for 1849 Baltimore.

Several actors have been attached to the project over the years, including Joaquin Phoenix, Ewan McGregor and Jeremy Renner. Cusack last starred in "Hot Tub Time Machine."