Tim Blake Nelson Joines Whales

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Tim Blake Nelson has joined John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore and Kristen Bell in Universal and Working Title’s Everybody Loves Whales.

Set in Cold War-era 1988, the film tells the true story of a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

The Hollywood Reporter says Nelson will play a wildlife expert who works in the wildlife-management office. Bell will play a reporter from Los Angeles aiming for the big time who thinks her greatest assets are her looks.

Ken Kwapis is directing the movie, based on Tom Rose’s non-fiction book “Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event.” Shooting starts in the fall.