The story is based on a young cadet the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe and a series of killings that took place at the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1830. Bale portrays retired detective Augustus Landor, tasked with examining those murders.
The movie was directed by Scott Cooper (Antlers), and it’s based on Louis Bayard’s 2006 Gothic thriller novel that the director has been looking to make for more than a decade. It looks like Cooper did an excellent job directing this film, and I can’t wait to watch it!
West Point, 1830. In the early hours of a gray winter morning, a cadet is found dead. But after the body arrives at the morgue, tragedy becomes savagery when it’s discovered that the young man’s heart has been skillfully removed. Fearing irreparable damage to the fledgling military academy, its leaders turn to a local detective, Augustus Landor (Bale), to solve the murder. Stymied by the cadets’ code of silence, Landor enlists the help of one of their own to pursue the case, an eccentric cadet with a disdain for the rigors of the military and a penchant for poetry—a young man named Edgar Allan Poe.
The movie also stars Gillian Anderson (The Crown), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist), Toby Jones (First Cow), Harry Lawtey (Industry), Simon McBurney (Carnival Row), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Hadley Robinson (Moxie), Joey Brooks (Molly’s Game), Brennan Cook (Encounter), Gideon Glick (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Fred Hechinger (The White Lotus), Matt Helm (Tragedy of Macbeth), Steven Maier (The Plot Against America), Charlie Tahan (Ozark), and Robert Duvall (The Judge).
The Pale Blue Eye will be released in select theaters on December 23, 2022, and it will stream on Netflix on January 6, 2023.