>First look at John Cusack in The Raven

>The first official promo shot of John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe in James McTeigue’s The Raven has been released by The Huffington Post.

The film will be a fictionalised account of gothic author Poe’s final days surrounding his involvement in the hunt for a serial killer and his subsequent mysterious death.

We covered the casting news back in August and now this promo shot confirms Cusack as a great choice for the lead. My one grievance is the beard … the moustache beard, the “door knocker”. In all the pictures I’ve seen of Poe he only sports the mo, so why the full circle guys? Actually, in full disclosure my Poe knowledge relies heavily on The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror.

While the promo shot is great, it’s the actual synopsis of the film that excites us and this leaked photo from the set actually feels more Poe-ish than the official image. Actually, the more I look at the official image the more I’m convinced it could be an ad for watches or men’s cologne – ‘The essence of Poe’.

Still, Cusack seems to fit the bill and with McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) direction I think we can expect a great thriller to hit our screens in 2011.

Discuss: Would you buy “The Essence of Poe'”?

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