Pale Blue Eye images reveal Christian Bale as an elderly detective and Harry Melling as Edgar Allan Poe

A series of new images offer our first look at Oscar winner Christian Bale and Harry Potter star Harry Melling in upcoming gothic mystery horror film, pale blue eye. Coming courtesy of vanity lounge, the footage reveals Bale as Detective Augustus Landor, with Melling portraying a young Edgar Allan Poe. Together, this pair of mismatched investigators are tasked with catching a serial killer. Check out the images below.


With unkempt hair and beard, Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Thor: Love and Thunder) looks set to once again demonstrate his affinity for gruff intensity. Attributes that should lend themselves perfectly to the role of an elderly, world-weary detective. Harry Melling, meanwhile, who has starred in the likes of the devil all the time and Macbeth’s Tragedy since the conclusion of Harry Potter candor, cuts a surprisingly happy Edgar Allan Poe who has yet to be brought down by the harshness of the world. No doubt the events of pale blue eye will speed up this beat.

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“Every character in the story has secrets,” Bale says of the mystery inherent in pale blue eye. “And while Poe appears to be the one clearly putting on a performance, he’s actually the most sincere. Everyone puts on a more low-key performance, but no one is who they say they are.

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The relationship between Auguste and Edgar is at the heart of pale blue eye

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard in 2006, pale blue eye will drop the ratings in 1830 and follow veteran detective Augustus Landor who is called in to investigate a series of murders at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Now a restless widower, Landor agrees to come out of retirement to take care of the case. The real twist comes when Landor teams up with a young cadet from the academy, who happens to be legendary writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe.

It is this relationship between Auguste and Edgar that is at the heart of pale blue eye. As Bale explains, “He fires him at first, but comes to find him as the centerpiece of his life, which he would be quite embarrassed to admit, with his age and status and all. He may find himself learning new things and certainly remembering things he had forgotten about in life.

pale blue eye also stars Gillian Anderson (The crown), Lucy Boyton (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 (Meet), Gideon Glick (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Fred Hechinger (The White Lotus), Matt Helm (Macbeth tragedy), Steven Maier (The Plot Against America), Charlie Tahan (ozark) and Robert Duval (The judge).

Directed by Scott Cooper, pale blue eye set to release in select theaters on December 23, 2022, ahead of its release on Netflix on January 6, 2023.

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