The Pale Blue Eye is an adaptation of the 2003 gothic horror mystery novel (by Louis Bayard) of the same name.
It will see Bale once again team up with director Scott Cooper, having previously worked with him on his films Out of the Furnace and Hostiles.
The official synopsis for The Pale Blue Eye reads: “West Point, 1830. A world-weary detective (Bale) is hired to discreetly investigate the gruesome murder of a cadet.
“Stymied by the cadets’ code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case – a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling).”
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Alongside Bale and Melling, the cast is certainly up there with some of the best as it includes: Gillian Anderson (The X Files), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now).
Poe is often regarded as the creator of the detective novel genre so it only fitting for him to star in a murder mystery of his own.
For Cooper, who also wrote the film, using the author in his own work has always been a career ambition of his.
Speaking to Netflix’s Tudum, he explained: “Because my father taught English and there was lots of literature strewn about our house, Poe came into my world at a young age, and I was just fascinated with his works.
“And my father, after I directed Crazy Heart, he said, ‘There’s a novel that you should read; it’s The Pale Blue Eye and it has Edgar Allan Poe as a character at the centre of an investigation’.”
Cooper started writing this film 10 years ago and admitted that he’s glad it took him so long to write as it meant Bale, who is one of his closest friends, could star in the movie.
The director added: “At the time that I was writing it, Christian Bale, who’s my closest pal and collaborator, would have been too young to play the ageing and retired Constable Augustus Landor, and now he’s the perfect age.”
He spoke in great detail about his working relationship with Bale, explaining that they spend a lot of time together before they even start shooting so they could perfect the American Psycho star’s character and know exactly what they are ‘striving for’.
Fans on social media have expressed their excitement about the former Batman actor getting involved in this project.
One person claimed: “Christian Bale is one of the best actors of the present time.”
“The name Christian Bale is enough nothing else needed,” expressed a second fan.
Someone else added: “Christian Bale is one of the few actors who can get my attention with his name alone.”
While the story may be fictional, Cooper considers the novel to be a ‘hypothetical journey’ for Poe, as he was actually a cadet at West Point, which is a US Military Academy.
The director added: “What I’m saying is that it’s these events that occur in our film that shaped his worldview and helped him become the writer that he became.
“With the recurring themes that deal with the questions of death and the effects of decomposition and reanimation of the dead and mourning; all those are considered part of his dark romanticism.”
The Pale Blue Eye will be released in select theatres on December 23 and then will come out on Netflix on January 6.
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