For quite a while now, Chris Hemsworth has been attached to the true-life whaling tale In The Heart Of The Sea. Now he’s got some company, as Deadline reports that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker is in talks to join the movie, beating out the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Henry Cavill, who were also in contention.
Charles Leavitt wrote the script, adapted from Nathanial Philbrick’s non-fiction book of the same name, which is based on the true events that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. The story revolves around a Nantucket whaling ship that was destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Only eight crew members were rescued alive, after being lost at sea for 90 days.
Ron Howard is set to direct, with Warner Bros backing the movie. The hope is to shoot the movie this September in order the fit into Hemsworth’s busy schedule.