Christian Bale is to reunite with filmmaker Scott Cooper on the adaptation of the Louis Bayard novel ‘The Pale Blue Eye.’

Dubbed a thriller, Bale will take on the role of a veteran detective. The story focuses a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Bale’s detective investigates the murders, helped by a detail-oriented young cadet who will later become a world-famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.

Bale will also produce the project alongside Cooper John Lesher and Cross Creek’s Tyler Thompson.

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On the project, Coopper stated, “This is my attempt at a large-canvas whodunit, with a serial killer at its centre. I want to make films that push me into a different, maybe uncomfortable space, but I am glad to have Christian go there with me. I’ve wanted to make this for over a decade and fortunately for me, Christian has perfectly aged into the lead character.”

This will mark Cooper and Bale’s third outing together, they have previously worked together on ‘Out of the Furnace’ and ‘Hostiles’.

Bale was last seen in ‘Le Mans ’66’ opposite Matt Damon. He is currently filming for Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and a David O Russell untitled feature.

Cooper has recently wrapped the Guillermo del Toro produced horror film ‘Antlers’ for Fox Searchlight.