In The Heart Of The Sea is a project that certainly sounds like it could be interesting, even if it’s going to be a challenge to make. It already has Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker and Cillian Murphy attached to star, and now Variety reports that Brendan Gleeson and Sam Keeley have signed up too.
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 – by which point they’d turned to cannibalism. Walker will play first-time Captain, Pollard, with Hemsworth as his first mate, Owen Chase, and Murphy as the second mate.
Gleeson has signed up to be an older version of one of the ship’s crew, suggesting the movie will use a framing device where someone is recounting the terrible tale – perhaps to Herman Melville. Keeley meanwhile will be one of the crew onboard as the terror unfolds.
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.