Rose McGowan will get hearts beating as Patrick John Flueger’s (Footloose) love interest in director John La Tier’s adaptation of the 1843 Edgar Allan Poe short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Production on the film begins on Oct. 20 in New Orleans.

Says La Tier:

It was always our intention to stay true to Poe. We want this film to be something he would be proud of, and I believe this captivating script, combined with this cast and art direction, is going to be just that.

“The Tell-Tale Heart ” is the story of a murderer haunted by the beating heart of the old man he’s killed, dismembered, and buried underneath the floorboards of his house. There is no romance and/or love interest in the original story, though there has always been speculation that the murderer could be a woman, which would make McGowan’s role all the more interesting.

Joining McGowan and Flueger on the Popart Film Factory & Leverage Entertainment-produced project are Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show), Jacob Vargas (Devil), Damon Whitaker (The Hillside Strangler) and Kirk Fox (The Postman).

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