Oscar winner Ron Howard (â€œA Beautiful Mindâ€) directs the action adventure â€œIn the Heart of the Sea,â€ based on Nathaniel Philbrickâ€™s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.
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 Melvilleâ€™s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. â€œIn the Heart of the Seaâ€ reveals the encounterâ€™s harrowing aftermath, as the shipâ€™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.
â€œIn the Heart of the Seaâ€ stars Chris Hemsworth (â€œThe Avengers,â€ â€œRushâ€) as the vesselâ€™s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (â€œAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunterâ€) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (â€œThe Dark Knight Risesâ€) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (â€œSkyfallâ€) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
Tom Holland (â€œThe Impossibleâ€) also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson (â€œEdge of Tomorrowâ€) as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi MollÃ¡ (â€œRiddickâ€) is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
Howard directed from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (â€œBlood Diamondâ€), story by Charles Leavitt and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (â€œRise of the Planet of the Apesâ€), based on the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
The film is produced by Joe Roth (â€œOz the Great and Powerfulâ€), Paula Weinstein (â€œBlood Diamond,â€ â€œThis is Where I Leave Youâ€), Will Ward, Brian Grazer (â€œJ. Edgarâ€) and Ron Howard. Serving as executive producers are Bruce Berman, Sarah Bradshaw, Palak Patel, Erica Huggins and David Bergstein, with William M. Connor as co-producer.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle (â€œSlumdog Millionaire,â€ â€œRushâ€); production designer Mark Tildesley (â€œThe Fifth Estateâ€); Oscar-winning editors Mike Hill (â€œApollo 13,â€ â€œRushâ€) and Dan Hanley (â€œApollo 13â€); costume designer Julian Day (â€œRushâ€) and composer Roque BaÃ±os (â€œEvil Deadâ€).
â€œIn the Heart of the Seaâ€ is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a COTT Productions-Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. co-production, a Roth Films/Spring Creek/Imagine Entertainment Production, in Association with Kia Jam, a Ron Howard Film.
Opening on March 13, 2015 in theatres and IMAX, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
â€œIn the Heart of the Seaâ€ has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material.