Josh Duhamel (Transformers franchise) is set to join Zachary Levi (Shazam! Fury of the Gods) in the survival thriller ‘Not Without Hope.’

Based on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller, the story follows best friends Nick Schuyler (Zachary Levi) and Will Bleakley (Marshall Cook), and NFL players Marquis Cooper (Quentin Plair) and Corey Smith (Terrence Terrell), as they depart Clearwater, Florida for a day trip at their favourite fishing spot 70 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. As a severe storm heads their way, a trapped anchor causes their boat to capsize, throwing the four friends violently into the freezing water. US Coast Guard Captain Timothy Close (Josh Duhamel) and his crew summon their largest ship to cut through the raging ocean as the group battles massive waves, dehydration, severe hypothermia, and marine predators, in their epic struggle to survive and return home to their distraught loved ones.

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Also joining the cast are JoBeth Williams (The Big Chill), Quentin Plair (Hulu’s  “Tiny Beautiful Things”), Terrence Terrell (Netflix’s “Obliterated”) and Marshall Cook (Open Road’s Copshop).

The film is written and directed by Joe Carnahan, Carnahan; Michael Jefferson, Adam Beasley and Cindy Bru of Volition Media, Kia Jam of K. Jam Media, Dean Altit of Altit Media Group, Rick French of Prix Productions, David Lipper and Robert A. Daly Jr of Latigo Films and Highland Film Group are producing.

Production is currently underway in Malta on the true story.