‘Harry Potter’ star Harry Melling to play Edgar Allan Poe in new Netflix drama

Christian Bale is also set to star

Harry Potter actor Harry Melling is set to play horror writer Edgar Allan Poe in a new Netflix drama.

That’s according to Deadline who report that Melling will play the writer in The Pale Blue Eye – a murder mystery from Netflix and Scott Cooper.

The series will also star Christian Bale who is playing, according to Deadline, “a veteran detective tasked with solving a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.”


Melling will play Bale’s “detail-oriented young cadet” before becoming the author of iconic horror works like The Tell Tale Heart and The Raven.

Cooper will also reportedly direct and adapt the screen play from the novel The Pale Blue Eye, written by Louis Bayard.

Christian Bale
Christian Bale. Credit: Getty

Melling last appeared in hit Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit where he appeared opposite Anya Taylor-Joy who played orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon. Melling played her rival-turned-friend, Harry Beltik.

The series finale of the show was named the highest-rated Netflix episode of all-time earlier this year.

According to data collected by Tombola, ‘End Game’, the chess show’s seventh episode, was rated a 9.4 on IMDB – the highest of all episodes analysed.


Reviewing the show, NME said: “Beth’s experiences as an addict and a woman in the world of chess may be new ground for television, but Frank and co-creator Allan Scott do little to address evolving attitudes around such themes, focusing instead on a likeable lead.”

Melling will next appear opposite Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in The Tragedy of Macbeth from Joel Coen.