The Raven: Trailer, Poster & Set Stills

Posted by Grey Saturday, October 8, 2011

Watch how Edgar Allan Poe got caught up in a grisly game of his own design in the first trailer of James McTeigue’s The Raven.

Released yesterday (October 7th) by Relativity Media to mark the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's death in 1849, the first trailer for James McTeigue’s The Raven is now online.

Featuring John Cusack in the leading role of Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven casts the renowned writer into a grisly series of murders that appeared to be inspired by the infamous works of Poe. While an olden day version of Nathan Fillion's Castle does not bode well for the film directed by James McTeigue, who earlier brought us the ill-fated live-action adaptation of V for Vendetta and the glorified B' graded action film, Ninja Assassin, it is interesting to have a much-needed reexamination into the macabre works of Poe, even though that means we have to sit through Cusack's goatee-look of the famous writer/poet.

Hit the jump for the trailer (head over to Apple to check out the trailer in HD).

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta,Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).

When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.

Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.

Here are some of the set stills from the film.

Here's the first poster of the film.

Also starring Luke Evans and Alice Eve, The Raven is currently scheduled to be released on March 9th, 2012.


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