Edgar Allan Poe turns action hero in the movie 'The Raven'

John Cusack will portray Edgar Allan Poe who, in the movie 'The Raven,' is forced to try to discover the identity of a serial killer.

Relativity Media/YouTube screenshot
John Cusack will play Edgar Allan Poe in the movie 'The Raven,' slated for an April release, about the writer pursuing a serial killer.

Oh, so you missed the part in English class about Edgar Allan Poe solving murders?

The famous writer is coming to the big screen on April 27 and will be played by John Cusack, though not in a staid biopic. The movie, titled “The Raven,” will consist of a fictional account of the end of Poe’s life, during which – according to “Raven" – a serial killer began committing murders based on Poe’s grislier stories. The police ask for Poe’s help in solving the mystery, but the writer himself soon becomes a suspect. And why not? After all, he was the one who imagined these crimes in the first place.

In addition to Cusack as the writer, the movie will star “The Three Musketeers” actor Luke Evans as Detective Emmett Fields, “Downton Abbey” star (he plays valet Bates) Brendan Coyle as a character named Reagan, and actress Alice Eve as Poe’s love interest named Emily. It’s unclear whether Eve’s character is Poe’s wife Virginia Clemm, who would have died before the end of Poe’s life; Sarah Elmira Royster, a woman with whom Poe reputedly became involved with later in life; or a completely fictional character altogether.

In the film, the mysterious killer challenges Poe to solve the murders and takes Emily captive, enclosing her in what appears to be a coffin. In a disguised voice, the killer tells the writer he is his “biggest fan.”

The movie has released a full-length trailer and TV commercials. Check out the newest TV spot below:

Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.

Join the Monitor's book discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.