In today’s heroic cinematic trailer battle, we’ve got Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, squaring off against the great white whale known and feared in high school English classes across the country: Moby Dick. Let’s get ready to rumble with this new trailer for In the Heart of the Sea.
The upcoming feature, starring Hemsworth and directed by Ron Howard, is based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s classic whaling novel. Hemsworth and his shipmates set sail only to encounter the vengeful whale and engage in a fight for survival. Here’s how Visual Effects Supervisor Jody Johnson describes the creature:
“He's kind of like Clint Eastwood. He's a high plains drifter. He comes and helps out his own kind, but he's a bit of a sociopath as well."
He’s also massive based on what we can see in the new trailer below. If you thought the shark in Jaws was big, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Hemsworth will be joined Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw in the movie, due out next year. Whishaw will play Melville in the film’s framing device, with the author digging into the facts of the tragedy 30 years after the events transpire. Here’s the official plot breakdown, which points out that Moby-Dick actually told only half of the story.
“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 Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’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.”
In the Heart of the Sea is due to arrive in theaters on March 15.