The Pale Blue Eye: Scott Cooper and Christian Bale Do It Again

Netflix has released a first-look image and announced the release date for director Scott Cooper’s new film, The Pale Blue Eye. The film is a Gothic thriller that revolves around a series of fictional murders that took place in 1830 at the United States Military Academy. Based on a novel by Louis Bayard, the film will arrive on Netflix on January 6, after a limited awards-qualifying theatrical run that begins on December 23. The new image shows a bearded Bale walking through an eerie mist with a lantern in his hand.

Netflix Sets Release Date For Scott Cooper’s The Pale Blue Eye

Netflix is set to release The Pale Blue Eye, a new film starring Christian Bale. This marks Bale’s first streaming project, though he has worked on a Netflix project before – albeit not by choice. He voiced Bagheera in director Andy Serkis’ motion capture adaptation of The Jungle Book, titled Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Originally slated for a theatrical release by Warner Bros., the film was ultimately released on Netflix to mixed reviews in 2018.

The Pale Blue Eye is Bale’s third collaboration with Scott Cooper

Out of the Furnace was their first film together, a crime drama that won critical acclaim. Their second movie was the 2017 Western Hostiles, which also performed well with audiences and critics. Scott Cooper’s most acclaimed film remains the music drama Crazy Heart, for which Jeff Bridges won an acting Oscar. However, Black Mass, a crime drama from 2015, is his top-performing film at the box office, grossing nearly $100 million globally. His last film was the supernatural horror Antlers, starring Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons. Although it received mixed reviews, the film still grossed $35 million worldwide.

Bale was last seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure Thor: Love and Thunder earlier this year, as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher. The film marked the Batman Begins star’s debut in the MCU. Later this year, he will also be seen alongside John David Washington and Margot Robbie in director David O. Russell’s period mystery comedy Amsterdam. He serves as a producer on The Pale Blue Eye, alongside Cooper, Tyler Thompson, and John Lesher.

The film’s terrific ensemble also includes Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, Hadley Robinson, Joey Brooks, Brennan Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, and Matt Helm. You can get a better look at the still here.