Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea trailer debut starring Chris Hemsworth

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Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) is directing the upcoming sea film, In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth (Marvel’s Thor). It’s based on a true story from a novel by Nathaniel Philbrick about the survivors of the Essex. Warner Bros. has debuted the trailer for the film.

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. “In the 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.

Chris Hemsworth plays as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase, Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as Captain George Pollard, Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) as second mate Matthew Joy, and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as novelist Herman Melville, who helped bring the story to light. The film also stars Tom Holland (The Impossible), Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow), and Jordi Mollá (Riddick).

Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) is attached as the screenwriter, with story by Charles Leavitt and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

In the Heart of the Sea hits theaters on March 13, 2015.

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