Since his humble beginnings on Australian television in the long running soap Home and Away, Aussie heartthrob Chris Hemsworth has made huge leaps into Hollywood, in no short part due to his casting as Marvel’s Thor in Thor, Thor: The Dark World and The Avengers.
Next up he stars in another epic production, In The Heart Of The Sea, and this week the first trailer for the film has been released. Directed by Academy Award winner (and all round freaking legend) Ron Howard, even watching this trailer you get such a sense of the enormity of this movie… I even wished I’d had a bigger monitor to watch it on!
Alongside Hemsworth as first mate Owen Chase, the movie also features Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises, Peaky Blinders), Tom Holland (The Impossible, Locke) and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
The film is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 book In the Heart of the Sea, about the sinking of the whaleship Essex. Set in 1820 the film is the tale of the S.S Essex, an American whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts crewed by Captain George Pollard, Jr. (Walker), first mate Owen Chase (Hemsworth), second mate Matthew Joy (Murphy), and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Holland). While in the Southern Pacific Ocean, the ship is attacked by a monstrous and angry sperm whale after it was harpooned by one of the crew. With their ship in ruins the crew spend three months at sea before eight survivors were rescued. On their journey towards land, they are forced to become cannibalistic in order to survive.
Both first mate Owen Chase and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson subsequently wrote accounts of their ordeal. The incident served as inspiration for Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick.
The film has been in talks since 2000, and originally Barry Levinson was directing for The Weinstein Company. The film has now been released by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow. Charles Leavitt, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have adapted the book for the screen.
Filmed in 2013 in London, and also on location in the Canary Islands, Spain the trailer holds the promise of some spectacular cinematography.
In The Heart of the Sea is scheduled for release on March 13, 2015.