The action/adventure film is based on the book by Nathaniel Philbrick, which tells the true story of the Essex whaling ship sinking into the Pacific Ocean in 1820. The Essex was attacked by a sperm whale and the event served as inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Thor star Hemsworth is joined in the cast by Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson. Ron Howard is directing the film, with Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) on screenwriting duties.
In the Heart of the Sea will open on March 13, 2015.