New Image: John Cusack As Edgar Allan Poe In 'The Raven'

Here's your first official look at John Cusack as famed gothic author Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin). We've seen one image of the actor in costume, but this is obviously a finished, approved promo shot as opposed to the previous paparazzi on-set snap. The film presents a fictionalized look at the writer's last days, when he embarks upon a search for a killer who may be copying events from Poe's novels.

See a full version after the break.

I like the look of this quite a lot, and am very curious to see how the film plays. I thought Ninja Assassin was a borderline unwatchable film, though I liked quite a bit of V For Vendetta. That leaves James McTeigue at a respectable .500 average. (There's also his AD and Second Unit Director career which includes a lot of work with the Wachowskis, but that's more difficult to factor in.)