First Photo Of John Cusack As Edgar Allan Poe In 'The Raven' Hits The Web

Several months ago John Cusack announced that he would be playing Edgar Allan Poe in the upcoming murder mystery flick "The Raven," and we've been pretty intrigued by the project ever since. Now The Huffington Post has the first picture of Cusack in full Poe regalia, raven and all, and we've got to say we're officially impressed. We're not sure what's up with the goatee (we've only ever seen him in his mustachioed glory), but beyond that it's pretty much as spot-on Poe as you can get.

John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe

The film's plot is inspired by the last few, mysterious days of Poe's life. Poe died at the age of 40 after he was found wandering disoriented and injured around the streets of Baltimore. The cause of his death is still unknown, and explanations range from cholera to rabies to suicide. But "The Raven" follows the conspiracy that Poe was actually tracking down a serial killer who based his crimes on Poe's horror stories.

"The Raven" is definitely a departure from Cusack's recent roles. It's about as different from "Hot Tub Time Machine," "2012" and "Igor" as an actor can get, though it does seem similar in tone to 2007's "1408." Typically, we see our John Cusack served up fresh in modern times, but we're really digging this look of him in period clothing. Maybe it will spark his interest in a whole new genre of films.

But we're even more excited about the fact that "V for Vendetta" (my all-time favorite movie) and "Ninja Assassin" director James McTeigue is helming the flick. He has a very unique visual style that we've come to adore, and it's clear that he took a lot of time making sure he got the right Poe for the job. When MTV talked to the director in 2009, he implied that he knew from the beginning he wanted Cusack for the role. With this first picture released, we can totally see why.

Do you think that Cusack makes a good Poe? Are you excited for this movie?