Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s 2000 non-fiction book of the same title, In the Heart of the Sea chronicles the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820. The ship is crewed by Captain George Pollard, Jr., first officer Owen Chase, second officer Matthew Joy, and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson. During their voyage, the ship is sunk when it is rammed and split in half by a very large and enraged bull sperm whale, ultimately leaving its crew shipwrecked at sea for 90 days more than a thousand miles from land. After the attack, the crew sails for South America and is forced to resort to cannibalism.
The film features an ensemble cast composing of Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, Gary Beadle, Frank Dillane, Charlotte Riley and Donald Sumpter. Directed by Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea will be released on December 11, 2015.