NEVER MORE! After his first foray into the world of terror with 2021 AntlersWriter-director Scott Cooper keeps the excitement going in the official trailer for the pale blue eye. Coming to Netflix early next month, the project finds Cooper reuniting with his out of the oven star Christian Bale (Thor: Love and Thunder) for a 19th century murder mystery at West Point.
Bale takes on the role of Augustus Landor, a world-weary detective who is summoned to the prestigious military academy when a cadet is found dead one morning. Frustrated by the school’s code of silence, Landor recruits one of the soldiers-in-training, a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe (played by Harry Potter student, Harry Melling), to help him solve the case, which seems to involve a fascination with the occult and a terrifying quest for immortality.
“Every character in the story has secrets,” Bale joked during an interview with vanity fair back in october. “And while Poe seems to be the one clearly putting on an act, he’s actually the most sincere. Everyone else is acting more quietly, but no one is who they pretend to be.”
Watch the trailer below:
Based on this collection of images, it appears that Cooper hasn’t lost his knack for creating a palpable atmosphere of fear and foreboding. In particular, the snowy background is reminiscent of David Fincher’s new English version of The girl with the dragon tattoo.
“I thought, ‘Okay, I get to do three things with this movie: design a whodunit, a father-son love story, and then a Poe origin story,” Cooper explained to FV. “Poe at this young age was quite warm, witty, funny and very southern. The experiences I’m presenting in this film led him down the darker paths we know him for.”
The film’s supporting cast includes: Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Gillian Anderson (x-files), Toby Jones (Indiana Jones and the dial of fate), Harry Lawtey (The letter to the king), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter), and Robert Duvall (The Godfather).
Based on the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard, the pale blue eye arrives on Netflix on Friday, January 6.
Need to satisfy your murder mystery craving right away? The Bone Collector is now streaming on Peacock.
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