Marvel and Star Wars didn't get to have all the fun at Saturday's live-action D23 panel. Disney also showed off some of it's other upcoming movies, including the highly-anticipated drama The Finest Hours. Sean Bailey took the stage to introduce the first film in the Disney live-action lineup, which is based on the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Chris Pine, who plays Bernie Webber, the captain of the rescue boat, joined the host on stage to give fans a peak at the heroic action-thriller.
Presented in Digital 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX 3D, the film, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and also stars Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana, transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. It promises to be one of the most exciting movies of the winter, and will surely kick off the 2016 moviegoing experience in fashion.
The Finest Hours is produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero and Doug Merrifield is the executive producer. The film is based on the book by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman and the screenplay is by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. The Finest Hours storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016. It actually faces some stiff competition in Kung Fu Panda 3, which opens the same day.
The first trailer for the heroic action-thriller arrived in July, and teased the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. The film promises to transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. A heroic action-thriller, The Finest Hours takes place on February 18, 1952, when a massive nor'easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern.
As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men.
Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds. Disney's The Finest Hours is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard's courageous mission. Also starring in the movie are Graham McTavish, Josh Stewart, Ben Foster and Holliday Grainger. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. The Finest Hours storms into U.S. theaters this winter. Take a look as Chris Pine shows off his movie to all the fans at D23. And we have a new photo released at the event.