John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe, the famed 19th Century author, debuts in the new UK trailer for the movie “The Raven.” Poe tracks a serial killer who uses his books to stage murders.
“The Raven,” a haunting murder mystery revolves around Poe’s macabre short stories. The fictionalized account focuses on Poe’s last days before he was found incomprehensible and died in 1849. Poe was never coherent long enough to explain his condition.
In the movie, someone, maybe even Poe himself, is responsible for murders that mirror the author’s classic works, such as “The Pit and the Pendulum.” “The Cask of the Amontillado” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”
Directed by James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”), the film also stars Alice Eve (“Sex and the City 2″) as Poe’s fiance, Brendan Gleeson (“In Bruges”) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Faster”).
Poe died at 40, in Baltimore on Oct. 7, 1849, after being found delirious, lying in a doorway on a city street. He was wearing someone else’s clothes.
His death, never fully explained, has been attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis and other causes.
The first trailer for the movie was released on the 162nd anniversary of his passing. The new trailer includes new footage as well as some scenes from the first trailer.
Detective Emmett Fields (Evans) is forced to enlist Poe’s help when a series of murders appear to be inspired by the author’s short stories. The killer toys with Poe’s “detective mind,” inviting him to try to solve the case.
The killer even buries Emily alive, creating a race against time catch the killer and save his beloved’s life.
“He was a bit of a rock star in his day,” says Cusack of his character.
The film will be released on April 27, 2012 in the United States. Check out the trailer below.