Chris Hemsworth To Star in “In The Heart Of The Sea”
Chris Hemsworth has been making tsunmai-sized waves in Hollywood ever since his character, Thor, joined The Avengers, and then he rescued a beautiful princess in Snow White and the Huntsman, a performance that stole the whole show in my opinion. Now, Hemsworth will literally be splashing around on the set of his next epic film, In the Heart of the Sea.
In the Heart of the Sea is actually its own adaptation, basing its material from Nathaniel Philbrook’s novel of the same name. It is a biographical non-fiction account of what actually transpired out on the high seas in 1820, when a real sperm whale ironically stalked and later attacked the British whale ship, The Essex, sinking it and leaving the surviving crew in three miniature lifeboats. For 90 days, the remaining crew had to endure disease, weather, and eventually succumbed to cannibalism in the middle of the South Pacific. Everyone is familiar, or has at least heard of, Herman Melville’s masterpiece novel, Moby Dick, but barely anyone realizes the fictional tale of an enormous sperm whale attacking a British ship at sea was actually based off of real events, and it is this side of the story that Heart of Sea will focus on.
While these events sound like the kind of imaginary stuff people make up in science fiction novels (oh, wait), that’s actually the true story behind the tale of Moby Dick. Clearly, its obvious why this true story is such an appealing choice when it comes to transforming it into a film. With all of that action, adventure, and what is sure to be a Jaws-inspired mechanical whale (okay, fine, it will probably be CGI), the film is sure to succeed at the box office.
Of course, Hemsworth will be playing the lead role, a first mate on board the Essex. Blood Diamond’s Charles Leavitt will be penning the script; there is no official word on who will direct. Paula Weinstein and Joe Roth will produce the film which has been undergoing negotiations with Dreamworks.
No release date has been announced, but with the delicate combination of the fickle sea and the enormous special effects needed, this could take a long time to produce.