Christian Bale, Scott Cooper on ‘Pale Blue Eye,’ John Fetterman Cameo – The Hollywood Reporter

Christian Bale and director Scott Cooper, previously teamed up in 2013 Beyond the furnace And of 2017 enemieshave come together for their third collaboration with Netflix Pale blue eyes.

Based on the novel by Louis Bayard, the film stars Bale as an 1830s detective at West Point, New York, who investigates a series of murders with the help of a young Edgar Allan Poe, a cadet at the United States Military Academy. Academy.

“Scott first sent it to me about 10 years ago; “He’s a very prolific writer and has a plethora of projects that we talk about constantly,” Bale said The Hollywood Reporter “He thought he wanted me to be a little more gray and more crow-feet-biting and a little more grumpy and antisocial, and he obviously felt I had reached that point and it was time to make the movie,” she joked at the film’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday.

Harry Melling plays Poe with a supporting cast that includes Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton and Robert Duvall. The film features a surprise cameo from incoming US Sen. John Fetterman, who Cooper explained Bale and Bale met 10 years ago while filming. Beyond the furnace.

“We shot in Braddock, a small town in Pennsylvania, where he was the mayor, and he was very instrumental in helping me secure locations, getting state tax incentives in Pennsylvania,” Cooper explained of the politician. “Christian and I remained friends when he was lieutenant governor and then we supported him as a U.S. senator and helped save our democracy — thank you, John. And Christian said, ‘You know what, John has such a big face that looks like he’s from the 1830s, we want him. Why not put it in the film?’ And sure enough, he’s in.

Fetterman was running for Senate at the time of the shooting, as Cooper added, “We’re very grateful, we really love John, and we hope he’s going to represent the Keystone State with great humility and passion.”

Pale blue eyes This is Bale’s second film after taking on the role Amsterdam Earlier this year. Although this is the first time the two are building together, Cooper said it’s an easy extension of their close partnership.

“It was a really great experience for him to make this film,” said the director. “Whenever you can make movies with your besties, it enriches everything.”

Pale blue eyes It hits theaters on December 23rd and will begin streaming on Netflix on January 6th.

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