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‘Harry Potter’ Actor Harry Melling To Play Young Edgar Allen Poe in ‘The Pale Blue Eye’

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Dudley Dursley is hanging up his under-the-staircase-cousin-bullying hat and tackling a young Edgar Allen Poe instead. Sure, he already put his “Harry Potter” hat away over a decade ago, but actor Harry Melling will long be associated with the iconic franchise.

But now, taking on the part across Christian Bale, who will play a detective solving a series of murders at West Point in 1830, Melling is moving into more grizzly territory. Edgar Allen Poe, a young West Point cadet at the time, helps Bale’s character tackle the case. Scott Cooper will direct “The Pale Blue Eye” for Netflix

For Cooper, this has been a project over ten years in the making. Now, after adapting Louis Bayard’s novel into a screenplay, Cooper’s project is finally getting off the ground. 

Bale and Cooper have already worked together twice before. The duo worked together on “Hostiles,” the 2017 western drama about an 1892 army captain. Before that, they made “Out of the Furnace” about a brother seeking justice outside the law. 

Harry Melling gained notoriety once again just last year. He starred opposite Anya Taylor-Joy in “The Queen’s Gambit,” Netflix’s hit miniseries. Soon, he will star with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

Currently, there is no release date for “The Pale Blue Eye.”

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