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).
Written and directed by Scott Cooper and based on the book by Louis Bayard, the film also stars Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, and Robert Duvall.
The Pale Blue Eye will be in select theaters on December 23, 2022 and on Netflix January 6, 2023.