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The historical disaster film recounts the story that inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” During an 1820 voyage, the whaleship Essex was sunk by a large bull sperm whale, forcing the crew to survive on the open ocean for 90 days and fight the untamed beast. Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson also star.
Like the shipwrecked crew, “In the Heart of the Sea” faces quite the odds at the holiday box office when it opens December 11, just several days before “Star Wars.” Considering Howard seems to be operating in “Apollo 13” territory with this story of survival — plus what looks to be some seriously enthralling set pieces — the film might have what it takes to battle J.J. Abrams’ surefire blockbuster.
Watch the final trailer for the drama above.