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If you’re looking for a horror movie to send shivers down your spine, look no further! The Pale Blue Eye should be at the top of your list as soon as it releases. Directed by Louis Bayard, The Pale Blue Eye is adapted from a novel by Louis Bayard, with the same title. While we don’t always love book-to-screen adaptations, this one might just change your mind about that entire notion. Scott Cooper is a well-known name in Hollywood and has dabbled in thrillers and horrors before, which gives us the reassurance which we need, that The Pale Blue Eye will most definitely be well-executed and an interesting watch.
The Pale Blue Eye also features an actor who has supposedly been trying to quit Hollywood for the longest time, but more on that later. For now, make sure you prepare yourself to learn more about The Pale Blue Eye and everything about it, from the plot to the cast, to the release date, and much more because we’ve got you covered!
Every heart tells a tale.— Netflix (@netflix) October 27, 2022
Christian Bale and Harry Melling star in THE PALE BLUE EYE, on Netflix January 6. pic.twitter.com/o8GidfXN4u
Sources have confirmed that the movie The Pale Blue Eye will follow the same story as the novel, although we are still unsure of how many details will vary between the two. More often than not, movies tend to change certain parts in order to be more presentable and exciting on screen, but it depends on the director and his vision. What we do know is that Cooper’s vision will definitely bring a brilliantly penned down story to our screens, which involves an investigation of a lifetime. The main point of this investigation begins at West Point Academy, where a cadet’s dead body is found, and while it looks like a possible suicide, there’s a lot more than what meets the eye. However, something horrific happens, which changes the course of the entire case, and it can no longer be ruled as a suicide. Now, we don’t if the movie will replicate this exactly, but if it does, it’ll surely make things interesting. Someone steals the heart of the cadet’s body. West Point Academy couldn’t risk bad publicity because of what had happened, so they turn to Augustus Landor, who might seem like a local civilian, but he used to a be well-renowned police detective.
This entire setup leads up to the main part of The Pale Blue Eye, which is the investigation. Augustus Landor decides to take on this case and begins questioning people who knew the deceased cadet, and while Augustus is busy doing his job, he encounters an eager assistant who wants to help with the case and is also a cadet. This cadet enjoys poetry and the occasional drink or two and is none other than Edgar Allan Poe. Despite the age gap between the two, Augustus and Edgar form an unlikely rapport and bond as they dive into the investigation. However, the more they learn about the case, the more they realize how this isn’t just about one stolen heart. More bodies, rituals, sacrifices, a lot is happening, and will these also uncover secrets from Augustus’ life? It is only a matter of time before we find out.
The Pale Blue Eye will most likely follow this plotline with maybe a few changes based on the director’s vision and notes. Any changes made will most likely be artistic, at least that’s what we speculate.
Let’s circle back to the actor that we mentioned at the very beginning of this article, yes, the one trying to quit Hollywood, and is it none other than Christian Bale, who will be portraying the lead role of Augustus Landor? Recently, Christian Bale has talked a lot about retiring from acting and expressing that nothing would make him happier. However, Bale has been one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood and continues to be so. Can we as fans really see Bale retiring? More importantly, would Bale quit Hollywood? He has been more than just an ordinary actor; he has donned some incredible costumes and personalities over the years for different movies like American Psycho (2000), The Dark Knight (2009), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), and American Hustle (2013). We’re sure his look and performance in The Pale Blue Eye will also be one of a kind!
Moving on from Christian Bale, the next role which will definitely be a show stealer is Edgar Allan Poe, who will be played by Harry Melling. Melling is most famously known for his role as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, but he has evolved a lot since then, and recently he gave a memorable performance in the popular series, The Queen’s Gambit (2020). It will be a treat to see Bale and Melling perform together and the rapport that they share on screen as Augustus Landor and Edgar Allan Poe.
While Bale and Melling will be the stars of The Pale Blue Eye, the other cast members who will play supporting roles are Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Toby Jones, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, and Robert Duvall amongst others.
Everyone seems to agree that something as interesting and twisted as The Pale Blue Eye deserves the big screen treatment, which is why the movie will release on the 23rd of December with a limited theatrical release. However, if The Pale Blue Eye hasn’t been released in a theatre near you, worry not, because the movie will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix from the 6th of January, 2023. We recommend trying to stay away from spoilers after the theatrical release!
Netflix has released the official teaser trailer for The Pale Blue Eye which looks chilling, and we aren’t talking about the cold weather. Despite the teaser being just under a minute, it is more than enough to showcase some brilliant acting paired with a lot of suspense and a whole lot of murder. Hopefully, we see a full trailer sometime soon, and we will make to update this section when Netflix releases the official trailer!
We believe it’s time everyone took a little break from all the holiday movies that have been released, and delve into something darker, and what better than The Pale Blue Eye? Do let us know in the comments what you think about this movie so far, and which aspect of The Pale Blue Eye are you looking forward to the most!