“So it’s true?” “Yes, too much is true.”
Adapted from the pages of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea brings to life the true tale of the Essex, which is the story said to have inspired Moby Dick. EW has a closer look at the upcoming film in this exclusive featurette, The Myth of Moby Dick.
“The whalemen of Nantucket were very much like the fighter pilots of today with the right stuff,” Howard says. “They swaggered up and down Main St., they went out and battled the mightiest creatures on Earth, they made a lot of money – these guys were cool.”
Set in the early 1800s, In the Heart of the Sea follows Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) and his crew as they set off on a grueling voyage that would change the course of their lives forever. After encountering a gigantic – and deadly – sea creature, the sailors find themselves stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and are forced to band together in order to survive.
“It’s a tale of man attempting to take on nature and losing, and the lessons learned through that,” Hemsworth says.
In the Heart of the Sea – starring Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Benjamin Walker, and Tom Holland – arrives in theaters Dec. 11. Watch the full featurette above.