Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex, In the Heart of the Sea sees Hemsworth play the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase, with Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, Cillian Murphy as second mate, and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
It was these events which inspired Melville to pen Moby Dick, and Howard has sent out a photo of a very rough looking Hemsworth who is clearly well into the 90-day isolation that the whaling ship went through at sea in 1820 after a deadly encounter with a sperm whale.
Rush was one of 2013’s best movies, and it was showed that there’s a lot more to Chris Hemsworth than wielding a hammer as a member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes or Snow White’s Huntsman.
The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Tom Holland, Frank Dillane and Sam Keeley.
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— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 8, 2014
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 Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “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.