Joaquin Phoenix to Be Back On Screen as Edgar Allan Poe

March 13, 2010 05:16:16 GMT

The 35-year-old Puerto Rican is said tackling the role of the famous author in 'The Beautiful Cigar Girl', a movie adaptation of the book with the same title.


Joaquin Phoenix
See larger image
Photo credit: Apega/WENN

After announcing his retirement from acting in late 2008, Joaquin Phoenix may be seen on big screen again. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Oscar-winning sound recordist Resul Pookutty who previously worked on "Slumdog Millionaire" has revealed that the actor is set to star in "The Beautiful Cigar Girl", portraying Edgar Allan Poe.

"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," Resul says on his involvement in the project, before claiming "Joaquin plays Edgar Allan Poe."

There is no word on who will direct or write the script for the movie. The book itself tells the story of Edgar's investigation in solving the mystery behind the brutal death of a beautiful society girl.

If the news is proven to be true, "The Beautiful Cigar Girl" could mark Joaquin Phoenix's debut on big screen after deciding to quit acting to focus on his music career in October 2008. He previously has starred in a number of movies including "Gladiator", "Hotel Rwanda" and "Two Lovers".

On his music career, Joaquin recorded the soundtrack album of "Walk the Line" and won an award at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards for his work on the soundtrack. In May 2008, he was reported to have recorded songs he had written himself with Mike Fox taking the lead vocal. However, the project still has no release date.

© AceShowbiz.com




Post Your Comments

posted by George on Mar 15, 2010
Something fishy... the Indian sound designer talking about creating soundscapes for 1854 New York would be all fine and great if this is a ghost story, because Poe died in 1849! The Mary Rogers case is really interesting - I read a book about it written by Amy Srebnick. It was the first real tabloid murder in the United States, and the only real murder that Poe investigated. It also is interesting from a feminist perspective as it was the first real public exploitation case - no attention was paid to Mary Rogers' life, but a lot of attention was brought to her death and mutilation. She was depersonified in the process. I hope this film is being made, whether or not it stars Joaquin Phoenix - because it's a great story.

Screen Name
Please Enter   
Comment
 
 
 
RSS
FB
Twitter