Oh Lenore. John Cusack will star as Edgar Allan Poe in 'The Raven,' a fictional thriller in which the literary genius joins with a detective to track down a serial killer terrorizing Baltimore in 1849; the action takes place during the last few days of Poe's life. The twist: The killer uses Poe's stories as the backdrops for his murders. The project, which will begin filming in Serbia in late October, is being directed by James McTeigue ('V for Vendetta,' 'Ninja Assassin'). According to HeatVision, 'Raven' had been in the works for awhile, with Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor previously in talks to play Poe and Jeremy Renner attached as the detective (though that role is open again as Renner will now be doing 'Mission" Impossible 4').