The epic whaling tale that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick comes to life on the screen in In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth. The new trailer for the Warner Bros Pictures release offers a better look at the whale at the center of the story as well as more action shots featuring Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Tom Holland. Directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), the cast also includes Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, and Jordi Molla. Charles Leavitt adapted Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex and Joe Roth, Paula Weinstein, Will Ward, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard produced the action adventure.
In the Heart of the Sea will open in theaters on December 11, 2015.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
Chris Hemsworth stars as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker is its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy is second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw is novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. Tom Holland also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
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