By James Hibberd
Updated March 04, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

UPDATED: ABC promised the casting of Edgar Allan Poe in its fall drama pilot would be a physically nontraditional choice for the role, and it sure is.

One of the most intriguing projects of the fall, Poe re-imagines the nebbish-looking, cousin-marrying opium enthusiast as a crime fighter in 1840s Boston.

And the young actor who will play Poe is…

Image Credit: Billy Ingram/ Kings and Home and Away hottie Christopher Egan!

Outstanding, ABC. A full throttle steam punk choice. If the network got somebody who looked anything like Edgar Allan Poe, well, that would somehow be disappointing.

Here’s ABC’s drama executive giving more details about the show in my previous Poe-st.

And for those who ditched their American literature class, here’s Edgar in all his glory:

UPDATE: In response to this story, user Antron over on the always entertaining Fark message boards created this sexy Poe masterpiece: