Warner Bros. has released the final In the Heart of the Sea trailer online. Ron Howard’s new film follows the 1820 the whaleship Essex, which was rammed by an angry whale in the South Pacific. Those who survived the attack drifted for more than 90 days in three small whaleboats during which many fell victim to disease, hunger and cannibalism.
This latest trailer really pushes how this true story inspired Moby-Dick, although I would counter that while the tragedy of whaleship Essex was the inspiration for Moby-Dick, Melville’s novel is about survival at sea the same way Don Quixote is about vigilance against windmills or The Great Gatsby is about how to throw bitchin’ parties. Nevertheless, In the Heart of the Sea is certainly gripping tale, and Nathaniel Philbrick’s book, which served as the source material for the film, is a must-read. Hopefully, Howard has made a strong adaptation, although I’m betting he’ll pull back on the gruesomeness of whale hunting. Otherwise, the audience will quietly approve of every terrible thing that happens to the characters.
Check out the final In the Heart of the Sea trailer below. The film opens December 11th, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi Molla.
Here’s the official synopsis for In the Heart of the Sea:
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. “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.