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William Hurt, Ethan Hawke & Gillian Anderson Star in Moby Dick Miniseries

Today Encore will launch a three-hour adaptation of Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick, airing in time for the author’s 192nd birthday. Follow this link to download a free eBook copy of the classic novel.

The production stars William Hurt as Captain Ahab, Gillian Anderson as his wife and Ethan Hawke as Starbuck. Mike Barker directed and Nigel Williams wrote the script.

Here’s more about the miniseries: Moby Dick is set in Nantucket, 1850. Captain Ahab, a veteran whale hunter who lost his leg to Moby Dick, wants revenge. Twisted by bitterness, he’ll put the entire crew of the Pequod in extreme danger to hunt down the great white whale. And he’ll stop at nothing to kill his nemesis.”

Melville first published his novel in 1851. Legend has it that Moby Dick was inspired by a real life wife sperm whale called Mocha Dick.

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