NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- A Netflix production crew will transform the Quad at Westminster College into an 1830 U.S. military academy scene for a new movie they will shoot on campus late next month.
Officials announced production dates would bring film crews to Westminster for shooting between Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 for the film The Pale Blue Eye.
"They will try to remove as many "modern" devices as possible," wrote Westminster Vice President of Finances Ken Romig in a campus email. "During the preparation time, their art department will remove the light poles, remove the stone benches around the flag pole, replace/cover doors with more historically appropriate doors and cover the sidewalks with mulch or stones to have an older appearance, among other things."
"The spectacular and picturesque campus of Westminster College has been chosen as a major filming location for Netflix Feature Films and Cross Creek's scripted adaptation of Louis Bayard's novel," said a production spokesperson. The Pale Blue Eye starring Christian Bale is being directed by Scott Cooper. The thriller revolves around the attempt to solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Bale will play a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a detail-oriented young cadet played by Henry Melling who will later become the world-famous author, Edgar Allan Poe who bequeathed us the detective genre."
"We are delighted to welcome this film production that will showcase the historic beauty of the Westminster campus," said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson.
A casting crew visited campus on Oct. 22, accepting applications and taking headshots for extras filmmakers need to serve as cadets and officers. More than 100 applied. Many were students, but others came from off campus.
Trade publications report Netflix could release the film sometime in 2022.