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'Harry Potter' Actor in Negotiations for Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea'

July 15, 2013

It's been a year since Warner Bros. ended the "Harry Potter" franchise but the studio hasn't forgotten about the young British actor who played Tom Riddle, as Frank Dillane is in negotiations to join the cast of Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea," TheWrap has learned.

Additionally, an individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap that Howard has his eye on "Skyfall" star Ben Whishaw to play "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville, though no deal is imminent at this time.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

WB and Village Roadshow are mounting the adaptation of Nathanile Philbrick's novel, which follows the Essex, a whaling ship that was attacked by a giant sperm whale and sank in 1820, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days. Read More