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‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Trailer: Chris Hemsworth Faces a Giant Foe

Here is the official trailer for In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) and starring Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders).

The movie, based on a real-life story of a journey through Essex retold in Nathaniel Philbrick’s dramatic best-selling book, seems to be just as visually stunning as Howard’s previous films.

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. In the 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 will open worldwide on March 13, 2015.