Chris Hemsworth may still be best known as Thor, God of Thunder, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the actor has certainly made significant effort in establishing himself as a big-screen leading man even when Mjölnir is not within reach.
In addition to his comedic turns in films like Vacation and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, Hemsworth will reteam with his Rush director, Ron Howard, for the sea-faring adventure of this winter's In the Heart of the Sea. The actor plays Owen Chase, the member of a whaling ship crew that ends up getting shipwrecked - after crossing paths with a massive sperm whale - and stranded at sea, struggling to stay alive.
Warner Bros. has now released the first new trailer for In the Heart of the Sea, following the studio's decision to delay the movie from its original March 2015 release date (to an awards-season date in December).
The footage, like those in the film's previous two theatrical previews, doesn't get much into specifics of character names or places; then again, the story of In the Heart of the Sea is pretty straightforward. The destruction caused by the whale in question will provide much of the movie's spectacle, giving way to more personal drama when the focus shifts to the crew's experiences after their ship sinks. How well the latter plays out will partly be determined by the screen story and script that is credited to Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond, Seventh Son), along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World).
In the Heart of the Sea's marketing campaign has largely centered on the fact that the real-life story it depicts was an inspiration for Herman Melville's classic novel, "Moby Dick". It's a smart angle for grasping moviegoers' attention, especially since the book remains a staple in school curriculums across the nation. Moreover, the film should grant Hemsworth a chance to show off his dramatic and action chops alike, as his character desperately faces off his marine nemesis.
An adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick book, In the Heart of the Sea will open the same weekend that the Tom Hardy gangster biopic Legend goes into wide release - one week before Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on the scene. Howard's film may find room to breathe at the box office, seeing as that its high-seas adventure narrative will stand apart from more subdued awards season contenders; if nothing else, ti will give moviegoers something (possibly) worth checking out, before they board the Millennium Falcon and head to that galaxy "far, far away."
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In the Heart of the Sea opens in U.S. theaters on December 11th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.