Chris Hemsworth is accustomed to having godlike powers as his Avengers alter ego Thor, the god of thunder. However, in Ron Howard's upcoming historical epic In The Heart Of The Sea, he is simply a man battling the unforgiving power of nature in the form of a vengeful 85-ft sperm whale on its own watery turf.
As In The Heart Of The Sea nears its December release date, the final trailer (shown above) for the film has been unveiled, teasing more of the terrifying real life events that inspired Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick.
Howard's movie is adapted from the 2000 book by Nathaniel Philbrick - "In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex" - written using actual accounts of the survivors as a resource. The doomed American ship was lost to the Pacific Ocean in 1820 when a giant sperm whale the crew were pursuing fought back, attacking the vessel and killing many of the men on board.
The In the Heart of the Sea movie adaptation has a notable list of talents; the script has been adapted by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) and Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) has also collaborated with Howard for a second time here, after they teamed for another true story drama, Rush. Meanwhile, onscreen, key supporting roles will be played by Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Tom Holland (The Impossible) and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter).
Hemsworth plays the Essex's first mate Owen Chase, whose account of the ordeal was published shortly after it happened, naturally inserting him as the lead personality of the film. The narrative will be served by the gravelly tones of Brendan Gleeson (Edge Of Tomorrow) playing the much older version of a cabin boy recounting his experience to a young Melville played by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall). Excerpts of Gleeson's dialogue have been used within the trailers, enhancing the context of famous legend the film hinges on.
As earlier trailers have relied upon the immense man-versus-whale action scenes that look to be the main draw for this film, this final trailer does provide more hints that it will explore the larger story at hand detailed within Philbrick's book. Glimpses of the men's human struggle to survive their extremely hostile situation will hopefully provide necessary depth and may satisfy those looking for more than just a period horror movie set at sea.
Ron Howard is known for installing an air of quality and class to his projects and In the Heart of the Sea certainly appears to showcase this touch. A sun-drenched color palette enhances the atmosphere of oceanic horror - and each moment teased has an undeniable beauty assuring that this film will, if nothing else, be a visually breathtaking spectacle.
In The Heart Of The Sea will be released in U.S. theaters on December 11th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures