A batch of new images has been released for James McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta) Edgar Allen Poe thriller The Raven. The film stars John Cusack as Poe, and follows the author as he teams up with a detective (Luke Evans) in order to catch a killer who is modeling his crimes after Poe’s stories. I think the premise is interesting enough, but I can’t help but feel like this might be a retread of From Hell; I’m hoping the similarities are surface-level only. Nevertheless, the tone looks pretty great and the “dark and drab” feel is on full-display in these new images.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Alice Eve, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson. The Raven opens April 27th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Raven:
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.
Images via Bad Taste.