John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe?

30 Aug

There was a recent report that stated that there would be a film called “The Raven” coming to the big screen. The film is not based on the poem specifically, but instead it is about Poe solving a series of murders, based on his stories, in Baltimore in the mid-19th century and the report also stated that John Cusack is now the top-runner to play Poe.

I am not sure what I think about this because on the one hand I think Cusack is a decent actor.

Plus, if you add a moustace there is kind of a resemblance.

 For whatever reason, I think that that John Cusack picks movies that are below his talent . I think he is great at playing the brooding, sarcastic outsider and could delve into that to play this role, but I am not sure I can see him playing the writer that wrote,

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”

I don’t think Cusack, even with as decent of an actor as he can be,  has the chops to play someone that possesses the ability to write such dizzying madness like “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “Descent into the Maelstrom” or even “The Raven” itself.

What do you all think? We know Cusack can play an alcoholic, but a troubled-genius alcoholic? If you have someone you would like to play Poe, list him in the comments.

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6 Responses to “John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe?”

  1. greengeekgirl August 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    I think Cusack will do well if the material given to him is good. He is, himself, actually quite creative; I think he understands the creative drive quite well. I am more worried about the premise of the film than the casting choice. Poe is hunting down a murderer who is basing his crimes on Poe’s work? The whole “crimes based on art” has been done, and I don’t think it’s true to Poe’s character. I’m quite certain that had someone been committing the Poe murders, he would simply have stocked up on liquor to try to forget, because that’s what alcoholics do when faced with a problem like that.

    • Chris Petersen August 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      Your comments are appreciated. Actually, I just looked up Cusack’s twitter and based on the eccentricity, I think he might be up to the task to do it.
      You’re right about the premise too. I am actually wondering if they are going to somehow tie in Poe’s mysterious disappearance with this, but he would definitely just get liquored up and not care. It would be better if it was years after Poe’s death and some detective, well-versed in Poe, is taunted by a killer basing his murders off the work of Poe.

  2. Brian Sostak August 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I think the success this movie would rely heavily on the development of the character of Poe. I don’t think Cusack’s resume shows much strength in character acting and I feel like he’s only released two strong performances in the past decade: High Fidelity, and Identity (both early in the decade).

    Who else could play this role? My first three choices would have been Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, and Robert Downey Junior. Oldman is tied up in Batman and the upcoming releases of Harry Potter, DDL and RDJ are both in the next Sherlock Holmes movie which I think is too similar for either of them to consider this role. That being said, I’m really looking forward to that film and if the two are released in the same season it could be very bad for The Raven.

    • Chris Petersen August 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

      You’re right, man, Gary Oldman would be perfect for this role. I think Daniel Day-Lewis would be able to capture the madness, but is a little bit too tall and lanky to be a believeable looking Poe.

  3. Jeremy Petersen August 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Didn’t Adam Scott’s character in Party Down already get the inside track for the lead in this movie?

    Have to remember that Poe died relatively young, so a redevelopment of his persona might consider skewing a little bit younger than Oldman and DDL. I could see Leo doing it (if he’d for once allow his hair to be darkened). Christian Bale might also do it. I do think that Downey would be ideal for the part in many ways, but you’re right that he probably wouldn’t do that AND the Holmes franchise.

    • Chris Petersen August 31, 2010 at 7:13 am #

      I don’t know about Adam Scott, but he certainly would have the look for it. I do think that Oldman and DDL would be too old, but I think that you could make Oldman look a little younger and could pull it off. I think that Downey jr would definitely be able to capture the eccentricity, but in the end make him more like a Mark Twain type personality or play him almost exactly like Holmes (so much so that they would be indistinguishable).

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