Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s bestselling book of the same name, it is the true story of the New England whaling ship, Essex, that was attacked and sunk by a massive white whale in 1820.
Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth leads the cast as the vessel’s veteran first mate, Owen Chase. Gleeson plays the elder Tom Nickerson, with Murphy playing second mate Matthew Joy.
Gleeson plays an older version of one of the surviving crew members who is interviewed years later about his experience aboard the ship. Keeley plays one of the crew members.
The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick but that told only half the story.
In the Heart of the Sea reveals the harrowing aftermath of the whale attack 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.
The film will be distributed in 2D and 3D in theatres so those who suffer from seasickness should hold on tight to their seats.
It shows the ship being rammed and split in half by a very large bull sperm whale, leaving the crew shipwrecked at sea for 90 days and more than a thousand miles from land.
After the attack, the surviving crew, forced to resort to cannibalism, set sail for South America.
The film’s release was pushed back by Warner Bros even though the nautical epic was ready to up anchor last march.
Howard said Warner Bros decided to push back the release in hope that a winter date would inspire more people to go to the theatre and see the film over the Christmas holiday period.
“I do feel like it’s more of that early winter kind of feel in terms of the tone of the movie,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.