Walt Disney Pictures seem to have had mixed fortunes with their live-action films. While Maleficent and Cinderella fared well for them, the recent George Clooney led Tomorrowland was a complete disaster, losing the studio up to $140 million.
Disney has enjoyed better luck with its real-life based dramas (see McFarland, USA for a recent example) and is certainly hoping its latest venture - the nautical action-adventure thriller, The Finest Hours - will perform well, on its own terms. The first trailer for the movie (watch it above) seems to hold promise, at least.
Starring Chris Pine as Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber, The Finest Hours tells the true story of what Disney are hailing “the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.” When a massive nor’easter hits the coast of New England in February 1952, it catches a T-2 oil tanker, the S.S Pendleton in its path. Casey Affleck plays the tanker captain, who attempts to inspire his crew to tough the storm out and await rescue from the Coast Guards in Chatham, Massachusetts (which includes Pine's Captain Webber among its ranks).
Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Million Dollar Arm), The Finest Hours screenplay is by Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Finest Hours) and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter). Additional cast members include Eric Bana as Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella (2015)) as Pine's love interest.
Check out the poster for The Finest Hours, below:
There’s a lot of water-based action in the Finest Hours trailer footage (as one might expect from a nautical film) and the special effects look strong. Both the location and the time period lend themselves for an epic adventure to unfold, while Pine delivers a decent Massachusetts accent (to these British ears, anyway), and fills the role of true-life hero well. Grainger also seems to fit the part well - her quiet, steely determination making itself known against the male-dominated world of the 1950’s Coast Guard services.
The Finest Hours release date has been shifted around many times, but has now been set as January 29, 2016 which at present means its competition comes from Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 and the action thriller The Accountant, which stars Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. If Finest Hours is indeed a compelling true-life adventure, though, it may well give Disney a clear shot at making some money.
The Finest Hours will be released in U.S. theaters on January 29th, 2016.
Source: Walt Disney Pictures