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Coming Out Of Retirement! Joaquin Phoenix To Play Edgar Allan Poe?

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Inspired casting choice, if it's true!

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly returning to the silver screen as Edgar Allan Poe after not having acted for quite some time sporting his nasty facial hair and giving bizarre interviews!

Slumdog Millionaire sound designer Pookutty revealed to an Indian newspaper:

"I couldn't be happier because I am doing a period film. It is a very special challenge because I have to recreate the sound textures of New York in 1854.

"It's an adaptation of The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower and based on an eerie real-life experience of author Edgar Allan Poe which happened just months before his death. Joaquin plays Edgar Allen Poe."

He's a talented actor — we'll be interested to see if Joaquin confirms the news!

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19 comments to “Coming Out Of Retirement! Joaquin Phoenix To Play Edgar Allan Poe?”



  1. 1

    sounds like perfect casting to me. J is quirky, loony, creative, and most of all, talented, just like Poe was!!!



  2. 2

    Joaquin will be joining Jeremy Renner & Ewan McGregor with James McTeigue directing. That's a pretty stacked indie film!



  3. 3

    Joaquin Phoenix, inducted today in the prestigious,
    "JOHNNY DEPP DIRTY UNDERWEAR CLUB"
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    -
    "I also, have come to believe, awards that have become meaningless, are still wonderful to receive, because it's historic or somethin'. Joaquin, I'm sure your parents are proud of you." — President Obama



  4. 4

    I never would have thought it was Joaquin. I mistook him for Zach Galifianakis for moment…..



  5. 5

    This photo of Joaquin shows how out of it you are Perez. Ols news…new news… He is slimmed down and gorgeous lately. Glowingly healthy and sooo sexy. You need to get out more Perez.



  6. 6

    I love Poe and think he will do a great job!



  7. 7

    Not a good sign that the sound designer is talking about the challenges of the sound textures of 1854 New York - considering Poe died in 1849 in Baltimore.



  8. 8

    NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONO
    PLEASE DEAR GOD DON'T LET THAT BE TRUE!!!!!!!!!!
    POE WOULD BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE
    HELL NO TO JOAQUIN AS POE



  9. 9

    Will he be fighting vampires with his sidekick, Young Abe Lincoln?



  10. 10

    HOBO MUCH??



  11. 11

    Love him. He's hot no matter what he does to look crazy



  12. 12

    Miss him…such a talent. Good for him for taking a break from the Hollywood Farm.



  13. 13

    love EAP, hope he does it justice



  14. 14

    Not worthy. Poe was a genius, he's a hack who tried to play crazy and no one bought it. Find a real actor for this role. Besides, he's too young.



  15. 15

    How very nice thatt Johnny Depp isn't getting every choice role. Not to say that Depp isn't a fine actor he is, but no one actor should be considered first for every really creative project.



  16. 16

    It is so good to be true!
    An amazing writer to be performed by an amazing actor sounds an amazing choice!
    Way to go, Joaquin! Welcome back!



  17. 17

    That would be awesome

    I hope is true



  18. 18

    send him back into the woods



  19. 19

    I write script coverage on a freelance basis for a number of production companies in NYC. I remember doing coverage on a script for The Beautiful Cigar Girl about a year ago. It was written by Steven Katz, the guy who wrote Shadow of the Vampire with Willem Dafoe. He kind of felt appropriate for the material. I think there were revisions by Stephen Jeffreys who wrote Depp’s The Libertine. Obviously, the period detail of New York and the horror was on point. I don’t remember anything about Stashower’s book. It might not be based on that. Katz took the film into the fantastical and definitely fictional.