It’s difficult to find an opponent worthy of battling Thor, he is, after all, a god. But a giant whale may just do the trick, and that’s what you get in the first trailer for Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, and based on the real life encounter that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, In the Heart of the Sea was originally slated to drop last March, but was pushed back to provide more time to work on the visual effects and for a more awards-friendly release.
This has the potential to be an epic, grim seafaring actioner, and though this trailer looks promising, I don’t know that Ron Howard is necessarily a director I’m confident can pull this off. Then again, he’s the man behind the likes of Apollo 13 and Willow, so maybe he can deliver a harrowing oceanic adventure.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
In the Heart of the Sea also stars Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, and new Spider-Man Tom Holland, and opens December 11. Check out the trailer below.