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Christian Bale has dropped into just about every movie setting and role you can think of. He is thrown on a plastic poncho and murdered with an ax in American Psycho. He’s pressed into the Batsuit and prowled Gotham City in The Dark Knight Trilogy. He trotted through Boston boxing rings and jumped out of windows in The Fighter. Now, Bale will investigate a murder in Gothic-themed 19th-century New York and team up with Edgar Allan Poe.

Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Louis Bayard, The Pale Blue Eye, will stream on Netflix and screen in select theaters. The film is written and directed by Scott Cooper, who is no stranger to the thriller/horror genre. Cooper co-wrote and directed the 2021 supernatural thriller Antlers. The filmmaker has previously teamed up with Christian Bale in the solid revenge thriller Out of the Furnace and western Hostiles. The director also helmed Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning turn in Crazy Heart.

Here’s everything we know so far about the Pale Blue Eye.

The Pale Blue Eye: The Plot

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The novel’s story follows a retired detective to investigate the murder of a cadet at West Point Academy in 1830. The character, Augustus Landor, meets a young Edgar Allan Poe and teams up with the investigative prodigy to solve the case.

We don’t know much more about the plot of the film, but the novel offers more details about the original story. The description on the back cover of HarperCollins’ book, along with the synopsis, provides an extremely dark, creepy, and gory look at The Pale Blue Eye’s source material. It reads:

“At West Point Academy in 1830, the stillness of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of the body of a young cadet swinging from a rope just off the parade ground. Apparent suicide is not uncommon in a harsh regime like West Point’s, but the next morning an even greater horror unfolds. Someone broke into the room where the body was lying and pulled out the heart. Short of answers and desperate to avoid any negative publicity, the Academy enlists the services of a local civilian, Augustus Landor, a former police detective who achieved some fame during his years in New York before moving on. retire to the Hudson Highlands for his health. Now widowed and restless in his isolation, Landor agrees to take charge of the case. As he interrogates the deceased’s acquaintances, he finds a passionate assistant in a moody, scheming young cadet with a penchant for drinking, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a troubled past that changes from story to story. The name of the cadet? Edgar Allan Poe. Impressed by Poe’s astute powers of observation, Landor is convinced the poet can prove useful – if he can stay sober long enough to put his sharp reasoning skills to good use. Working in close contact, the two men – separated by years but of similar intelligence – develop a surprisingly deep rapport as their investigation takes them into a hidden world of secret societies, ritual sacrifices and more bodies. Soon, however, grisly murders and Landor’s own buried secrets threaten to tear the two men and their newly formed friendship apart.

The Pale Blue Eye sounds like something Poe himself would have written by candlelight with its gothic setting and gory backstory.

The Pale Blue Eye: The Cast

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Christian Bale leads the cast of Pale Blue Eye as Detective Augustus Landor, who by other descriptions in the novel is widowed, retired due to illness, and going insane. The character wants to dive back into the heart of an investigation, and the West Point Academy affair is the perfect opportunity to dust off his deductive skills.

Although details about the other characters have mostly not been revealed, the film does have some legendary names. Gillian Anderson (X-Files) is back in the supernatural saddle in an unnamed role. Robert Duvall will also make an appearance in the film, as well as Toby Jones (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Timothy Spall (Spencer). The only other named character is that of the Master of the Macabre himself, Edgar Allan Poe, played by Harry Melling (The Queen’s Gambit).

Rounding out the cast are Charlie Tahan (Ozark), Hadley Robinson (Utopia), Brennan Keel Cook (Take the Night), Fred Hechinger (The White Lotus), and others.

Release date

The Pale Blue Eye will see a limited theatrical release on December 23, 2022, likely to sneak into the Oscar race at the last minute. It will then premiere on Netflix on January 6, 2023. Although there are very few details about the film so far, with its cast, director, and Poe-inspired mayhem, The Pale Blue Eye has a lot of promise. to be a gothic horror. classic.

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