Ben Whishaw is in talks to join Ron Howard's Moby Dick film, In The Heart Of The Sea.
The Skyfall actor is reportedly being approached to portray Moby Dick author Herman Melville, although no deal is in place yet, reported The Wrap.
The story, which has been turned into a script by Charles Leavitt, follows the whaling ship Essex when it sank in 1820 after it was attacked by a giant sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days.
Shooting is scheduled to start in London in the autumn.
Ben - who played gadget master Q in Sam Mendes' James Bond film - was last seen in Cloud Atlas. He has been working on Terry Gilliam's sci-fi adventure The Zero Theorem alongside Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton.