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Harry Melling, aka Dudley from Harry Potter film and Harry Beltik in Queen’s Gambit, brings the young Poe into Netflix The pale blue eye. The film will be written and directed by Scott Cooper (Hostile) based on the novel of the same name by Louis Bayard. The film is a “passion project” by Cooper according to Deadline, as he has been trying to get this film off the ground for more than a decade. The film plays Christian Bale as a 19th-century detective tasked with solving a murder in West Point. Melling plays bb Poe, a cadet in West Point who helps with the case.
Edgar Allan Poe is best known now for his spooky stuff, but he’s also credited for helping set up the detective story with his C. Auguste Dupin series. The pale blue eye merges two favorite genres of historical fiction: a look back at when Historical Figure X was young and hot and “What if this mystery writer solved crimes?” Posts in the latter category include this episode of Doctor Who where Agatha Christie fights with a giant wasp and the BBC series Mordrum.