Queen’s Gambit’ Alum Harry Melling Will Play Edgar Allen Poe In Scott Cooper’s ‘The Pale Blue Eye’

June 09, 2021

By Richard Schertzer

Harry Melling is known for portraying Dudley from the Harry Potter series, and is set to portray Edgar Allen Poe in the new Netflix film The Pale Blue Eye, according to Deadline.

The film is Scott Cooper’s passion project and he has been trying to get it made for over a decade. The film also stars Christian Bale as a veteran detective who must solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint. 

Cooper will direct and adapt the screenplay from Louis Bayard’s novel of the same name. Bale will also produce the film along with Cooper, John Lesher, and Tyler Thompson of Cross Creek Pictures. This marks the third collaboration for Bale and Cooper who previously worked together on the thriller Out of the Furnace and the western Hostiles.

Following his work in the Harry Potter franchise, Melling has stayed busy and built a career on more adult fare most recently in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, where he played Anya Taylor-Joy’s adversary turned ally.

Cross Creek Pictures is financing and producing Scott Cooper’s project.