Melling is best known for playing the bully Dudley Dursely in the Harry Potter movies, will be playing a young Edgar Allen Poe in a production for Netflix titled The Pale Blue Eye.
The story will follow Augustus Landor (Bale) as he has to solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the US Military Academy at West Point.
The plot is :
At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet’s body swinging from a rope just off the parade grounds. An apparent suicide is not unheard of in a harsh regimen like West Point’s, but the next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has stolen into the room where the body lay and removed the heart.
At a loss for answers and desperate to avoid any negative publicity, the Academy calls on the services of a local civilian, Augustus Landor, a former police detective who acquired some renown during his years in New York City before retiring to the Hudson Highlands for his health. Now a widower, and restless in his seclusion, Landor agrees to take on the case. As he questions the dead man’s acquaintances, he finds an eager assistant in a moody, intriguing young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The cadet’s name? Edgar Allan Poe.
The Pale Blue Eye is based on a novel by Louis Bayard. Scott Cooper is directing, known for Black Mass, Hostiles, Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart. No other cast members are reported as yet.
Bale will produce the film along with Birdman‘s John Lesher and Tyler Thompson of Cross Creek Pictures, who is coming off the Golden Globe-winning The Trial Of The Chicago 7.
Melling has done well since starring in the Harry Potter movies, working on The Queen’s Gambit last year and recently finished filming The Tragedy of Macbeth, alongside Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.
As yet, there is no set release date for The Pale Blue Eye.