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Christian Bale Plays Detective in ‘The Pale Blue Eye’ with Edgar Allan Poe

The Pale Blue Eye

After his new film Amsterdam, Christian Bale is currently shrouded in yet another murder mystery. But now he works with Edgar Allan Poe.

Just in time for spooky season, EW has released the first footage of his upcoming film The Pale Blue Eye.

Bale plays a local detective investigating an 1830 murder at West Point Military College. His sidekick is none other than the budding author of “The Raven” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

Harry Melling, popularly known as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter film series, plays Poe.

“Down, down, down came the hot thrashing flurry,” the writerly cadet (Melling) says at one point. “Darkest night, black with hell-charneled fury, leaving only that deathly pale blue eye.” 

The film chronicles Bale’s Augustus Landor calling West Point after a cadet is found dead at dawn on a winter day. The killer deftly extracted the heart of the dead. However, the code of silence binding the recruits makes it harder to find any leads.

That’s why Augustus calls for Poe, a cadet with a knack for poetry.

Scott Cooper is the director of the thriller. Bale has previously worked with filmmaker on films such as Out of the Furnace and Hostiles.

The Pale Blue Eye is inspired by author Louis Bayard’s novel of the same name. Also, the first footage shows a set of supporting characters.

It includes Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Gillian Anderson, Hadley Robinson, Timothy Spall, and Robert Duvall. 

The Pale Blue Eye will premiere in some theaters this December 23 and on Netflix on January 6. 

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The Pale Blue Eye Info

In February 2021, the production announced Christian Bale would play a character in the film The Pale Blue Eye. It is Bale and Cooper’s third movie together. Additionally, the two were set to produce with John Lesher and Tyler Thompson. 

Later, they announced that Netflix pre-bought the film’s rights for approximately $55 million at the European Film Market on March 6, 2021. 

Production started on November 29, 2021, at Laughlintown, Pennsylvania’s historic Compass Inn. 

In addition, they revealed another set of casts. And it included Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Timothy Spall, Fred Hechinger, and Robert Duvall. 

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Bale as a Child Star

Bale is famous for the roles of physical transformations. In addition, he has played the leading man in movies of different genres. 

Furthermore, he has earned several awards including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Forbes also included him in its list of highest-paid actors in 2014. 

His known films include 2000’s American Psycho, 2004’s Machinist, 2005’s Batman Begins, 2008’s The Dark Knight, and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises

Some other films he has starred in include The Prestige (2006), Terminator Salvation (2009), Public Enemies (2009), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). 

The actor has had massive industry exposure since his breakthrough role in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun in 1987 at 13 years old.

Photo: EW

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