Thanks to the power of the Internet, news now comes to us from a wide variety of sources from the trades to Facebook to Twitter to such faraway places as the India Times, according to which Joaquin Phoenix will be portraying Edgar Allan Poe in an adaptation of the book The Beautiful Cigar Girl.
India Times got the story from Oscar-winning sound recordist Resul Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire) that he’s been hired 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.
From EW.com comes this summary of Stashower’s novel: In July 1841, Mary Rogers, a beautiful young New York cigar clerk, was strangled and her body tossed in the Hudson River, a crime so ghastly that it pitted the city’s sensational tabloids against each other in a contest of rumor and speculation. Due to a bungled investigation from start to finish, the murder appealed enough to Edgar Allan Poe that he co-opted it for ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’. Knocking back and forth between the unending case and Poe’s utterly depressing life cycle of debt, poverty, and alcoholism, Daniel Stashower’s ‘Cigar Girl’ takes a solidly comprehensive look at the predecessor to today’s all-too-common media crime frenzies.
Aside from Phoenix as Poe, no other details were made available, but as soon as we hear more, we’ll be sure to share.
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