Christian Bale has thrown himself into almost every film set and role imaginable. He is thrown into a plastic poncho and murdered with an axe american psycho. He’s crammed into the Batsuit and been sneaking around Gotham City The Dark Knight Trilogy. He’s trotted around in Boston boxing rings and jumped in out of windows The fighter. Now Bale will investigate a murder in gothic 19th century New York and join forces with Edgar Allan Poe.
Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Louis Bayard, The light blue eye, will stream on Netflix and be released in select theaters. The film is written and directed by Scott Cooper, who is no stranger to the thriller/horror genre. Cooper co-wrote and directed the 2021 supernatural thriller Antler. The filmmaker has previously teamed up with Christian Bale in the solid revenge thriller Get out of the oven and the western enemies. The director also directed Jeff Bridges’ Oscar-winning performance crazy heart
Here’s everything we know so far the light blue eye.
The Light Blue Eye: The Storyline
The novel’s story follows a detective brought out of retirement to investigate the murder of a cadet at West Point Academy in 1830. The character, Augustus Landor, meets a young Edgar Allan Poe and teams up with the investigation prodigy to solve the case.
We don’t know much more about the film’s plot, but the novel offers more details of the original story. The HarperCollins book’s back-cover description and synopsis provide an extremely somber, chilling, and gory look at the source material for The light blue eye. It is reading:
“At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of the body of a young cadet swinging on a rope just off the parade ground. Apparent suicide is not uncommon in a harsh regime like West Point’s, but the next morning an even greater horror is revealed. Someone sneaked into the room where the body was and removed the heart. Seeking answers and desperate to avoid negative publicity, the Academy turns to a local civilian, Augustus Landor, a former police detective who’s made a name for himself during his years in New York City before he dies moved back to the Hudson Highlands for health reasons. A widower and restless in his solitude, Landor agrees to take on the case. Questioning the dead man’s acquaintances, he finds an eager assistant in a moody, intriguing young cadet with a fondness for alcohol, two volumes of poetry, and a murky past that alternates storytelling. The cadet’s name? Edgar Alan Poe. Impressed by Poe’s keen powers of observation, Landor is convinced that the poet can prove useful – if he can stay sober long enough to use his keen wits for the task. Working closely together, the two men develop a surprisingly deep bond as their investigations lead them into a hidden world of secret societies, ritual victims, and more dead bodies. But soon the macabre murders and Landor’s own buried secrets threaten to tear the two men and their newfound friendship apart.”
The light blue eye sounds like something Poe would have written himself by candlelight with its gothic setting and gory backstory.
The Light Blue Eye: The Cast
Christian Bale leads the cast the light blue eye as the detective Augustus Landor, who according to other descriptions in the novel is widowed, retired by illness, and going insane. The character wants to get back in the middle of an investigation, and the West Point Academy case is the perfect opportunity to show off his deductive skills.
While details about the other characters have largely not been revealed, the film boasts a few legendary names. Gillian Anderson (X files) climbs back into the supernatural saddle in an unnamed role. Robert Duvall will also appear in the film, as will Toby Jones (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Timothy Spall (spencer). The only other named character is that of the master of the macabre himself, Edgar Allan Poe, played by Harry Melling (The Queen’s Gambit).
The cast is rounded out by Charlie Tahan (ozark), Hadley Robinson (utopia), Brennan Keel Cook (take the night), Fred Hechinger (The White Lotus), and other.
The light blue eye will see a limited theatrical release on December 23, 2022, presumably to sneak into the Oscar race at the last minute. It will then stream on Netflix on January 6, 2023. Although there are very few details about the film so far, with its cast, director and Poe-inspired mayhem, The light blue eye promises to be a gothic horror classic.