John Cusack to star in Grand Piano?

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A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet and author pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in Poe's stories. When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper--part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack). But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe's writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer's next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.
May 17th, 2012

John Cusack is in talks to star in 'Grand Piano'.

The 'Raven' actor has entered negotiations about appearing alongside Elijah Wood in the psychological thriller, which will be directed by Spanish helmer Eugenio Mira.

John's role in the movie, which will be penned by Damien Chazelle, is yet to be confirmed but the film tells the story of a concert pianist (Elijah) who is struck down by a bad case of stage fright that causes him to go into early retirement before he is forced back into performing, Variety reports.

But after agreeing to return to the stage he discovers a note that tells him to put in his best ever performance in order to save his and his wife's lives.

Eugenio, Damien, Adrian Guerra and Rodrigo Cortes have all had a hand in developing the project, which is due to start shooting in Spain and Chicago in July.

John - who has appeared in 'Con Air' and 'Being John Malkovich - recently starred as Edgar Allen Poe in 'The Raven', a fictionalised version of the poet and author's last days.