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Westminster's movie connection: Netflix announces release date for "The Pale Blue Eye"

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LOS ANGELES-- Netflix has announced the release date for "The Pale Blue Eye." The gothic thriller set in the Jacksonian Era stars Academy Award winner Christian Bale with scenes shot at Westminster College. The movie goes into limited theatrical release on December 23. That release date makes it eligible for Oscar consideration. Netflix will begin streaming the film to its subscribers on January 6, 2023.

Nine months ago, the film's production team transformed the Westminster quadrangle into a set depicting the West Point military academy in 1830. Several Westminster students and local residents served as extras. Other students and faculty from the School of Communication worked with the film crew.

Production moved around Western Pennsylvania, including Lawrence County's covered bridge at McConnells Mill State Park. Interior scenes were shot on soundstages housed at Pittsburgh's 31st Street Studios.

The release date information also came with the first image from the movie. It features a bearded Bale in a period costume with a top hat as he carries a lantern through a foggy forest.

Bale plays the hero, a veteran detective investigating murders with the aid of a young military cadet who will later become a world-famous author, Edgar Allan Poe. The film's screenplay is an adaptation of Louis Bayard's 2006 novel of the same name.

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