So maybe Chris Hemsworth is slightly outshined at the box-office by his Marvel pals Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans of late. That’s okay, he’s getting a lot of work and will be seen onscreen four times next year. Yep, in 2015, we’ll see Hemsworth leading a Michael Mann movie (“Blackhat”), another Marvel movie (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron”), and a reboot (the “Vacation” series). But Hemsworth will also reteam once again with his “Rush” director Ron Howard for “In The Heart Of The Sea.”
The film concerns a whaling ship that was preyed upon by a sperm whale in 1820 —the same whale that inspired Herman Melville’s tale of “Moby Dick.” “He’s kind of like Clint Eastwood,” visual effects supervisor Jody Johnson told Empire earlier this year about the whale in the movie (no joke). “He’s a high plains drifter. He comes and helps out his own kind, but he’s a bit of a sociopath as well.”
So “In The Heart Of The Sea” stars Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker and Cillian Murphy as the members of the ship’s crew, and Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) stars as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. Here’s the official synopsis:
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. “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.
The movie also co-stars Tom Holland (“The Impossible”), Brendan Gleeson (“Calvary”), Michelle Fairley (“Game Of Thrones”), Charlotte Riley and Spanish actor Jordi Mollà (“Riddick”). “In the Heart of the Sea” opens on March 15, 2015 via Warner Bros. Watch the new trailer below.