Thesp will portray Edgar Allen Poe in biopic

John Cusack will star as Edgar Allen Poe in “The Raven” for Intrepid Pictures and FilmNation.

Cusack disclosed his attachment via a Twitter post Friday. Shooting is scheduled for late fall in Serbia with James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) directing.

Intrepid Principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce with FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder, who brought the script to Intrepid.

Project’s been in development for several years at FilmNation and Endgame, which is no longer involved. “The Raven” is based on a Hannah Shakespeare/Ben Livingston script set in the last five days of Poe’s life, when a serial killer is running around Baltimore using Poe’s stories as the backdrops to his killings. Poe and a young detective have a ticking clock to outsmart the killer before he kills again.

FilmNation will sell international rights, and Intrepid is in conversations with domestic distributors.

Poe’s best known work is the poem “The Raven,” published in 1845. He died four years later at the age of 40 in Baltimore.

Cusack was seen most recently in MGM’s “Hot Tub Time Machine.”

Intrepid co-produced “The Strangers” and is co-producing and co-financing “The Cold Light of Day” with Summit, commencing principal photography Sept. 6 in Spain.

Two-year-old FilmNation is a foreign-sales and production banner and is in production on “The House at the End of the Street” with Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot and Elisabeth Shue.

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