Well I have seen the trailer for In the Heart of the Sea which stars Chris Hemsworth and all I can say is, it looks like a whale of a tale. Yes, I went there. Hemsworth was in Ron Howard's amazing Rush; the director must have fallen in love with Hensworth just as I did because Howard cast him as the real life captain of the whaling vessel the Essex. The film is based on the book about the true story that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
Yep, pretty sure, Melville didn't read Nathanial Philbrick's account; the author's name only sounds like it's straight out of the 1800's? Philbrick was born in 1956, the National Book Award winning book was published in the year 2000.
And here it is in English. It's the same, correct?
The film opens in Mars, 2015. That's March for you non French speakers.