LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Gloved One is getting ghoulish.

Michael Jackson plans to make the leap from pop star to movie star in the role of Edgar Allan Poe, co-executive producer Gary L. Pudney said Tuesday.

Production of ``The Nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe'' was expected to begin next fall in Canada and the film's theatrical release was set for 2002.

The plot focuses on the days leading up to the author's death at age 40. Poe, who wrote ``The Raven,'' ``The Murders in the Rue Morgue,'' ``The Fall of the House of Usher'' and ``The Masque of the Red Death,'' died mysteriously in 1849.

The film role is a departure for the Grammy-winning Jackson, whose only previous big screen appearance was as a supporting player in the 1978 movie ``The Wiz.''