Veteran actor, Christian Bale, is back on screens and it's not as a psychopath, Batman or the stereotypical arch-nemesis. He's playing a worn out and tired young detective that the world came to know as Edgar Allen Poe.
We've been fans of Bale's work since his 1987 debut in "Empire of the Sun" where he played a young English boy living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie (John Malkovich), who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. If you haven't seen that film, it's some of the most superb acting ever done by a child!
Bale's newest film "The Pale Blue Eye" had a limited theatrical release December 22, 2022 but it's now being made available through the streaming giant Netflix.
Here's the official synopsis:
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 (Christian 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 (Harry Melling).
Based on the novel by Louis Bayard, "The Pale Blue Eye" is directed by Scott Cooper and stars an acclaimed supporting cast, including Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Hadley Robinson, Timothy Spall and Robert Duvall. The film will drop on Friday January 6, 2023 on Netflix!