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No Poe for Joaquin Phoenix

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By Daniel Gates

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Is Joaquin Phoenix returning to the big screen after his hip-hop hiatus?

According to Slumdog Millionaire sound designer Resul Pookutty he is — to play Edgar Allen Poe.

Um, what?

Speaking to the Mumbai Mirror about an upcoming project, Pookutty says he’s working on an adaptation of “The Beautiful Cigar Girl” by Daniel Stashower.

“It’s based on an eerie real-life experience by author Edgar Allen Poe which happened just months before his death,” Pookutty explains. “Joaquin plays Edgar Allen Poe.”

The story was, naturally, picked up everywhere.

And it’s complete nonsense.

Gossip Cop asked a rep for Phoenix whether the actor was coming back to play Poe.

“No.”

Rule of thumb: Steer clear of Joaquin Phoenix rumors started by Resul Pookutty.

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