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Heart of the Sea Trailer #3 Has Chris Hemsworth on a Whale Hunt

By Brian Gallagher — September 16th, 2015

Last year, Warner Bros. released two domestic trailers and an international trailer for director Ron Howard's adaptation In the Heart of the Sea. At the time, the drama was set to hit theaters in March 2015, but the studio ended up pushing it to December 11, 2015, giving it a prime release date for awards season consideration. Nearly nine months after the last footage was released, the third domestic trailer has debuted for this harrowing adventure, based on an incredible true story.

Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick's best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. 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 encounter's harrowing aftermath, 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, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. Nathaniel Philbrick's book this film is based on won the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel's veteran first mate Owen Chase, Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard, Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. Tom Holland, who recently signed on to play Sony and Marvel's new Spider-Man, also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson, with Brendan Gleeson portraying as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.

The supporting cast is rounded out by Charlotte Riley, Frank Dillane, Michelle Fairley and Paul Anderson. Ron Howard directed from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), story by Charles Leavitt and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), based on the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. Check out this new trailer for In the Heart of the Sea, and let us know if you plan on seeing this in theaters starting December 11.

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