Chris Hemsworth Headlines Adventure Film 'In the Heart of the Sea'

Chris Hemsworth is first mate of a whaling ship attacked by a giant whale in the upcoming 'In the Heart of the Sea.'

Chris Hemsworth (Avengers) will star in the Ron Howard-directed action film In the Heart of the Sea.

Based on a real-life maritime disaster in 1820, which served as the inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, the film tells the amazing story of a Nantucket whaling ship that is attacked in the Pacific by a gigantic whale, seemingly out for revenge.

The movie also chronicles the startling aftermath as surviving crew members were forced to do appalling things just to stay alive. Stranded at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home and dealing with storms, starvation and panic, crew members not only battle to physically survive but also struggle with morality. There is also a divide between the captain, who is focused on finding direction on the open sea, and the first mate, who is determined to take down the mammoth whale that caused the disaster.

Hemsworth plays Owen Chase, the ship's veteran first mate. Cast as the vessel's inexperienced captain George Pollard is Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Cillian Murphy, best known for The Dark Knight Rises, plays second mate Matthew Joy. In the role of Herman Melville is Ben Whishaw of the 007 films Skyfall and Spectre. The cast also includes Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter franchise), Wolf Hall's Tom Holland and Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow).

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick's book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, the screenplay was written by Charles Leavitt (Seventh Son), with writing credits to Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who collaborated on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

In the Heart of the Sea will premier in 2D theaters and in IMAX on Dec. 11.


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