Jonas Armstrong for BBC ‘Moby Dick’ drama ‘The Whale’
The 90-minute drama will follow the ill-fated voyage of The Essex through the eyes of the cabin boy Thomas Nickerson who, at 14, was the youngest member of the crew and one of only eight survivors of the shipwreck.
Writer, Terry Cafolla, said: “At the emotional heart of the drama is orphan Nickerson’s coming-of-age story, where he meets three powerful male role models in the captain, the first mate, and a steward. As the narrative develops, his views on what makes a man switch dramatically as he sees how these role models respond under some of life’s most extreme pressures.”
Commissioner for BBC History, Martin Davidson, added: “Throughout the narrative of this fascinating story, some universal themes that everyone can relate to will be explored, such as – What is Man’s place on Earth? How does humanity relate to the planet and its creatures? And what lengths will Man go to in order to survive? It is a thrilling tale.”
Adam Rayner (The Hunted) will star as Captain Pollard, Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Stella) as Joy; David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, War Horse) as Peterson and Jolyon Coy (The Hollow Crown) as Lawrence. Jassa Ahluwalisa, John Boyega and Ferdinand Kingsley also star, alongside Charles Furness as the young Tom Nickerson. Armstrong will play First Mate Owen Chase.
Filming begins in Malta this week.
Watch a clip of Armstrong in Robin Hood below.