Tim Blake Nelson Watches “Whales”

Tim Blake Nelson has joined the true story romance drama “Everybody Loves Whales” for Universal Pictures and Working Title says The Hollywood Reporter.

Jack Amiel and Michael Begler’s script centers on a love story between a nonprofit aid worker (Drew Barrymore) and a journalist (John Krasinski) set against the story of three California Gray Whales that were found trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle in October 1988.

The subsequent rescue attempt became a global event as scores of journalists converged on the nearby Eskimo town of Barrow, Alaska, and the U.S. and Soviet governments enjoyed a rare moment of collaboration.

Nelson will play a wildlife expert who works in the wildlife-management office. Kristen Bell also stars. Ken Kwapis (“He’s Just Not That Into You,” “License to Wed”) directs while Steve Golin and Michael Sugar will produce.