After dropping new character posters yesterday, Netflix has shared the official trailer for the upcoming Scott Cooper feature The Pale Blue Eye.
Set in the 1830s, The Pale Blue Eye follows Augustus Landor (Christian Bale), a detective assigned to solve a grisly murder at the West Point military academy. However, the cadets’ code of silence creates an obstacle for Augustus, so he enlists the help of a young cadet who later becomes the famed writer Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling).
Through an icy landscape and tense soundtrack, the trailer provides a more rounded showcase of the film’s eeriness. As Augustus begins his investigation, it seems that no one can be trusted and answers elude him and young Poe. The trailer avoids showing just how brutal the murders are, yet still carries an air of horror that many know would become a defining trait for Poe’s writings. It also teases that a deeper, more sinister motive lies behind the murders.
The film is adapted from the Louis Bayard novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Cooper who also directed and produced. Bale and Cross Creek Pictures’ John Lesher and Tyler Thompson produced, with Dylan Weathered and Tracey Landon as executive producers. Additional cast includes Lucy Boynton, Gillian Anderson, Robert Duvall, Timothy Spall, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Hadley Robinson, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Helm, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan, Joey Brooks, and Brennan Cook.
The Pale Blue Eye releases in select theaters on December 23 and Netflix on January 6. Watch the trailer below: