The undeniably spooky character of Edgar Allan Poe will be played by John Cusack in the new thriller "The Raven". The move will map the last five days of the author's life.

The fictional work follows Poe as he is partnered with a detective. The pair search for a serial killer who has kidnapped his fiancée and gone on a killing spree which mimics Poe's own literary works.

James McTeigue ("Ninja Assassin," "V For Vendetta") is to direct the movie. Shooting will begin on October 25. The movie will be shot in Budapest and Serbia attempting to recreate 1849 Baltimore.

John Cusack