Ron Howard directs the movie based on the 200 book by the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick, with the screenplay by Charles Leavitt.
The movie also stars Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy,Tom Holland, Brendan Gleesan Spanish actor Jordi Mollà and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville.
Melville uncovered the tragic events of the New England whaling ship Essex, some 30 years after it was lost at sea. He used the story as the basis for his classic novel.
The Essex set sail in 1820 and encountered a mammoth whale that seemed to have almost human intelligence and a thirst for vengeance.
Melville’s book told the story of the epic whale and its pursuit by Capt. Ahab that ended with his shipwreck. But “In the Heart of the Sea,” looks at what happened to the surviving crew members.
“The crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive,” according to the movie’s synopsis.
“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.”
The trailer features some spectacular special effects of the ship’s encounter with the whales and its ultimate destruction.
The creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Rush”); production designer Mark Tildesley (“The Fifth Estate”); Oscar-winning editors Michael Hill (“Apollo 13,” “Rush”) and Dan Hanley (“Apollo 13”); costume designer Julian Day (“Rush”) and composer Roque Baños (“Evil Dead”).
It opens March 13, 2015 in theaters and IMAX.
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