In the Heart of the Sea (2015) is an American epic historical adventure thriller drama based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick. Directed by Ron Howard, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson. In The Heart of the Sea is currently scheduled for release in North America on December 11, 2015.
In 1820, the whaling ship Essex is crewed by the 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 and more than a thousand miles from land. After the attack, the crew sails for South America and is forced to resort to cannibalism.
- Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase
- Benjamin Walker as Captain George Pollard, Jr.
- Cillian Murphy as Matthew Joy
- Tom Holland as young Thomas Nickerson
- Brendan Gleeson as old Thomas Nickerson
- Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville
- Michelle Fairley as Mrs. Nickerson
- Gary Beadle as William Bond
- Frank Dillane as Owen Coffin
- Charlotte Riley as Peggy
- Donald Sumpter as Paul Macy
- Brooke Dimmock as Phoebe Chase
- Jamie Sives as Isaac