We first found out that Chris Pine was in talks for Disney’s The Finest Hours back in April, but now the project has its core cast and is set to begin production this month in Quincy and Chatham, Massachusetts. The screenplay comes from Academy Award nominees Paul Tamsay, Eric Johnson and Scott Silver and is based on the Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias book, The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, which recalls what happened when two oil tankers were pummeled by a vicious nor’easter in the winter of 1952 and the Coast Guard was dispatched to rescue them. Hit the jump for more.
Pine, Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger are all on board to star for director Craig Gillespie, but the press release makes no mention of who they’re playing. Deadline is also reporting that Kyle Gallner is in the mix as well. Apparently he’ll be taking the role of the Coast Guard rescue boat’s engineman who feels like he’s got a lot to prove during this mission.
The Finest Hour will hit theaters in the fall of 2015. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. “The Finest Hours” is the story of their heroic mission, which is still considered the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.
The Finest Hours Cast, Chris Pine, Casey Affleck