Harry Melling is said to star in “The Pale Blue Eye”.
The “Harry Potter” actor is expected to work with Christian Bale in the Netflix film, which will be directed by Scott Cooper.
Sources told Deadline that Melling will play the role of a young Edgar Allan Poe in the crime film.
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The plot revolves around an attempt to solve a series of murders that took place at the US Military Academy in West Point in 1830.
Bale is set to take on the role of a skilled detective investigating the murders, and he is assisted by a detail-minded young cadet who would later become world-famous author Poe.
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Cooper, who worked with Bale on the films ‘Out of the Furnace’ and ‘Hostiles’, recently said: “Although Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston and died delirious in Baltimore, he lived most of his life in Virginia, mine Home state.
“So I grew up around him. He bequeathed the detective genre to us, and he’s still such a presence in our culture, with every horror, mystery, and science fiction writer indebted to Poe.
“This is my attempt to do a big screen crime thriller with a serial killer at the center. I want to make films that push me into another, perhaps uncomfortable room, but I’m glad Christian is going there with me.
“I’ve wanted to do this for over a decade and luckily for me, Christian has aged perfectly into the main character. He was way too young when I first thought about it. Films should happen at the right time. Christian is always in great demand, but to be able to do that with him will be a great pleasure for me. “
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