There is no way that you do not get excited about a Ron Howard film. No way! I can excuse you if his Dan Brown adaptations have not been the ones you have looked forward to, but his biopics are another story altogether. Be it Apollo 13, a Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost / Nixon or the very latest Rush, Howard captures the tale of fighting against the odds in the most charming and inspiring manner that has your heart all giddy with awe. So why should his next film In the Heart of the Sea be any different?
What’s the movie about: In the Heart of the Sea is based on a true 1819-20 event when the whaleship “Essex” was struck by a large sperm whale leaving it shipwrecked at sea for 90 days. This tale is said to have been one of the inspirations for the famous 1851 novel Moby Dick. The movie in fact has the author Herman Melville as one of the characters on-board the ship, but in reality, Melville was never part of this adventure though he had spent time on the sea on other expeditions.
Who are the leading actors: Chris Hemsworth is the big name spearheading the movie. He is playing the role of the First Mate Owen Chase. This marks another Hemsworth – Howard partnership, and hopefully it would be as phenomenal as Hemsworth’s performance as James Hunt in Rush. The captain of the ship is being played by Benjamin Walker. Then we have Ben Whishaw in the role of Herman Melville. There is Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson too in the cast. So we got Americans, Australians, Brits… quite an impressive crew indeed!
Who’s written the script: The movie is going to be based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 book of the same name. Charles Leavitt has worked on the screenplay for the film; his most notable film was Blood Diamond, so that ain’t a bad name to have on the resume!
Where to watch the trailer: Right here! The trailer sets a tempo of dread, anxiety and excitement, and the upcoming movie can only get better.
In the Heart of the Sea is scheduled to release on March 13, 2015 in the USA.