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The Devil All The Time: Harry Melling Joins Stacked Cast Of Netflix Thriller

The Devil All The Time continues to reach for the stars... as in, nearly all of them.

British actor Harry Melling has joined the absolutely loaded cast of the Netflix original film, which is based on the 2011 Donald Ray Pollock novel of the same name. Deadline was first with the news.

If you're having a tough time pinning down why Melling looks familiar, it may be because he was cast in his most well-known role at the tender age of 10. He portrayed Dudley Dursley, the dim-witted, bullying cousin of Harry Potter, for the first time in 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; he would go on to reprise the role four times, with his final appearance (in which his character underwent a bit of an unexpected redemption) being in 2010's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. (He also voiced the character in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game.) More recently, he appeared in the "Meal Ticket" segment of Joel and Ethan Coen's The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the Netflix original which was nominated for a slew of awards including three Oscars.

Melling joins the kind of ensemble that virtually any director in Hollywood would give their left pinky to work with. Among the cast are (excuse us while we take a deep breath): Marvel Cinematic Universe alums Tom Holland and Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise in It: Chapter One), Robert Pattinson (Life, the Twilight series), Mia Wasikowska (Alice Through the Looking Glass), Riley Keough (Hold the Dark), Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects), Jason Clarke (First Man), Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train), and Douglas Hodge (Lost in Space).

The flick is being directed by Antonio Campos, who as a producer has worked on some of the more interesting thrillers of the last decade. His credits include the 2011 Elizabeth Olsen starrer Martha Marcy May Marlene, director Nicolas Pesce's atmospheric 2016 creep-fest Eyes of My Mother, and the recent psychological horror film Piercing, which starred Wasikowska and was also helmed by Pesce. As a director, Campos broke through with 2008's Ezra Miller-starring drama Afterschool; his recent credits include episodes of Marvel's The Punisher and the USA limited series Sinner, and he's also attached to the forthcoming horror prequel The First Omen. He's working from a script which he co-wrote with first-time screenwriter Paulo Campos.

Melling joins the production as it is already in full swing, shooting on location in Alabama. IMDb gives us a rather detailed synopsis for the Southern Gothic-tinged thriller: "Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All The Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There's Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his 'prayer log.' There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, who troll America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right."

With that plethora of big names attached, interest in the flick is sure to be high; we're going to go out on a limb and say it might even approach Bird Box levels of viewership for Netflix, which recently scored three Academy Awards for the Spanish language Alfonso Cuarón-directed drama Roma and is showing no signs of slowing down on its way to total home entertainment domination (the looming specter of soon-to-debut rival streamer Disney+ notwithstanding). No release date for The Devil All The Time has yet been set, but with production well underway, we shouldn't have to wait for too long; we'll keep our ears to the ground and keep you informed of the news, although we have a funny feeling you're going to have a hard time avoiding it.