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Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Timothy Spall, Toby Jones and more join Christian Bale in The Pale Blue Eye

Harry Melling and Christian Bale are already set to star in the film adaptation of Louis Bayard’s The Pale Blue Eye.

They will be joined by Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, Hadley Robinson, Joey Brooks, Brennan Keel Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Helm, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan and Robert Duvall, according to Deadline.

So begins the chilling last testament of Gus Landor, a retired New York City police constable, whose numerous talents include code-breaking, riot control and the ‘gloveless interrogation’. A young cadet has been found hanged at a military academy on the shores of the Hudson River. Before his body could be buried, however, it was stolen and his heart brutally carved out.

Fearing a scandal, the top brass at West Point have summoned Landor to help catch the culprit, and keep his discoveries away from prying eyes. As Landor embarks on a thrilling adventure to solve the case, he uncovers a series of dark secrets and finds unlikely assistance in the form of a mischievous young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.

Melling is playing Poe and Bale will be the police constable.

Scott Cooper (Hostiles, Out of the Furnace) is directing the adaptation of the Gothic thriller.

Cooper and Bale are producing the film with John Lesher of Grisbi Productions and Tyler Thompson of Cross Creek Pictures, with Grisbiā€™s Dylan Weathered exec producing alongside Tracey Landon.

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