John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson, Alice Eve
Unlikely source aside, spirits are high for this action-thriller based (extremely loosely) on the final days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life in Baltimore. A serial killer is on the loose, committing atrocities inspired by the fictional works of the famed author, who is enlisted by the local constable to help track him down. As the unwitting impetus for the murders, and the inventor of the detective novel, Poe is uniquely suited to the task. Director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) is due for a smart breakthrough, and the casting of Cusack as the hyper-verbal hero is spot-on.