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Moby-Dick harpoons Ethan Hawke, and William Hurt as Ahab

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 11th 2009 8:01PM
William HurtI'll be honest, I don't remember hearing about this big budget mini-series of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick before. But If they do it authentically enough, they'll be guaranteed millions of DVD sales and rentals by high school and college kids who damned sure aren't going to read the book for English class.

It's being put together by Germany's RTL, Austria's ORF and Robert Halmi's RHI. That means it's an RTLORFRHI production, which makes me ROFLMAO. Unfortunately, viewers in the USA are SOL as it currently has no network deal here.

That could change with this big casting news. The $25 million Moby-Dick mini-series has brought William Hurt and Ethan Hawke aboard. They'll be playing the obsessed Captain Ahab and defiant first mate Starbuck, respectively. It looks like there'll be a lot of CGI and effects representing the whale, which is a shame because we could have had a lot of politically incorrect fun casting that role. Maybe SYTYCD's Mary Murphy could be the voice of the whale, which would explain Ahab's obsession to shut it up permanently.

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Torpedo

Nova Scotia,Canada actor James Gilbert ( The Tudors ) Season 2 and X Files , Gillian Anderson added to cast of blockbuster New Mini Series Moby Dick . James will play Steelkilt and Ms. Anderson will play Captain Ahab's wife Elizabeth . Series being filmed in Nova Scotia and Malta

September 19 2009 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edward

I think Patrick Stewart's version is the best one out there and will remain the best.

September 11 2009 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Duane

The great thing about that statement is that you don't even have to be talking about Moby Dick. His Scrooge is definitive, and his Macbeth is nothing to sneeze at. I heard he was even the captain of a space ship in some tv show.

September 12 2009 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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