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Watch: Chris Hemsworth Meets the Real Moby Dick in New Trailer for Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

Watch: Chris Hemsworth Meets the Real Moby Dick in New Trailer for Ron Howard's 'In the Heart of the Sea'

“Monsters, are they real?” So asks writer Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) in the new trailer for “In the Heart of the Sea,” director Ron Howard’s historical epic about the Essex, whose crew was stranded at sea for more than 90 days in 1820 after being rammed by a Moby Dick-like whale.

Adapted by Charles Leavitt (“Blood Diamond”) from Nathaniel Philbrick’s nonfiction National Book Award winner, “In the Heart of Sea” stars Chris Hemsworth as first mate Owen Chase, attempting to lead the men back from “the edge of sanity” in the harrowing aftermath of the shipwreck. (The cast reportedly reduced their food intake to 500-600 calories per day to transform into starving, dehydrated sailors.)

Distributed by Warner Bros. and co-starring Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, and Tom Holland, “In the Heart of the Sea” sails into theaters Dec. 11.

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