Remember that Edgar Allen Poe biopic that Sylvester Stallone was pushing to get made for nearly a decade? Yea, that obviously never came into fruition. But on the plus side, Relativity Media managed to put together its own tale of the classic horror author, which involves him assisting a Baltimore police detective who is searching for a serial killer that has replicated the murders in Poe’s stories. Sound good? The trailer is just as interesting. The Raven hits theaters on March 9 (yes, Biggie’s death anniversary) and is directed by James McTeigue, starring John Cusack, Luke Evans, and Alice Eve. Read the full film synopsis below the trailer.
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders.
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.