The Raven finds John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe (yes, the man behind The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart and other classics of the horror literary canon). He’s called in by detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) when a series of grisly murders crop up, all seemingly inspired by the writer’s work. Initially, the eye of suspicion falls on him, but soon it’s clear that the suspect is taunting Poe, looking to engage him in a battle of wits that also ends up threatening the life of his beloved Emily (Alice Eve).
Directed by V for Vendetta’s James McTeigue, the trailer gives off a definite vibe of a period-set Seven, though it remains to be seen if the finished product gets anywhere close to the quality levels of David Fincher’s masterpiece of crime cinema.
With Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Kevin McNally also in the cast, The Raven flutters into our cinemas on March 9 next year.