If you watch any television at all, then you’ve surely seen the trailer for James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta) newest film Ninja Assassin about 45 times. After that film has come and gone, McTeigue already has his next project lined up and it will be a fictional story based on the life and works of author Edgar Allan Poe.
What we’ve learned so far is that the movie is called The Raven, and it tells the story of Poe being challenged by a serial killer to solve the murders that are based on his very own works. Most comparisons are to the movie Se7en, but in Poe’s dark and cold 1800s setting. We also know that the movie takes place in Poe’s final days, before his mysterious death at the early age of 40. The movie is written by Hannah Shakespeare and Ben Livingston.
Now comes some new information on the project from the mouth of McTeigue, who spoke to SciFi Wire recently, including what Edgar Allan Poe stories were looked to for inspiration (and likely many gruesome Poe-esque murders) in the movie, and where the casting path is leading toward.
McTeigue lists off many of Poe’s stories that serve as inspiration. They include The Raven, of course, as well as Tell-Tale Heart, Premature Burial, Murders in the Rue Morgue, and The Cask of Amontillado.
In regard to possible actors, it’s made very clear that you won’t see the beautiful Hollywood A-Listers in line for this part. McTeigue is trying to stay as accurate and faithful to Poe as he can, and as you can see in the image, he was not a very pretty man. One would imagine that if he was, his stories would not have been quite as depressing as they are. So that leaves us with gentlemen in their 40s and 50s who are not of the most attractive pedigree as the prime candidates for Poe, but who will it be? I can’t figure many who would fit the part perfectly, but I could see someone like Hugo Weaving maybe snatching the role.
Who do you see as Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven?