Historical Drama ‘The Pale Blue Eye’ Will Be Filmed at Westminster College

Staff report
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – A film crew and actors will come to Westminster College later this year to shoot the Netflix movie “The Pale Blue Eye,” starring Christian Bale and Harry Melling.

The picturesque campus, with its Collegiate Gothic architecture, will be used to create a setting of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the 1830s.  The center quad on the campus — surrounded by Old Main, Browne and Ferguson halls and the McGill Library — will be the focus of the filmmakers. Modern-era features on the quad will be removed or disguised.

Filming will take place between Nov. 29 and Dec. 13.

“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 2003 novel ‘A Pale Blue Eye,’ ” said a spokesperson from the production. “We are delighted and grateful for the opportunity to film at Westminster College.”

Directed by Scott Cooper, the thriller revolves around the attempt to solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at West Point. Bale will play a veteran detective investigating the murders with the help of Melling’s character, a detail-oriented young cadet who will later become the world-famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.

“We are delighted to welcome this film production that will showcase the historic beauty of the Westminster campus,” said Westminster College President Kathy Brittain Richardson.

Nearly 120 people attended an Oct. 22 on-campus casting call seeking extras to portray cadets and officers.

Bale is an Academy Award-winning actor known for his role as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, as well as roles in “Out of the Furnace,” “The Fighter,” “American Psycho,” “American Hustle” and more. Melling is best known for his role as Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films. In 2020, he co-starred in the acclaimed Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit.”

Pictured: Old Main on the Westminster College campus.

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