Full press release below:
â€œHEART OF THE SEA STARTS PRODUCTION
ACTION ADVENTURE STARRING CHRIS HEMSWORTH, BENJAMIN WALKER, CILLIAN MURPHY, BEN WHISHAW, TOM HOLLAND AND BRENDAN GLEESON STAR
Singapore, 25 September 2013 Production is now underway in the UK on the action adventure â€œHeart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (â€œA Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (â€œRise of the Planet of the Apes) and Charles Leavitt (â€œBlood Diamond), based on Nathaniel Philbrick`s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex. The film is a co-production between COTT Productions and Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
â€œHeart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth (Marvel`s â€œThe Avengers, upcoming â€œRush) as the vessel`s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (â€œAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (â€œThe Dark Knight Rises) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (â€œSkyfall) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
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 Melville`s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. â€œHeart 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.
The film also stars Tom Holland (â€œThe Impossible) as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson (â€œHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi MollÃ (â€œRiddick) is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
â€œHeart of the Sea is produced by Paula Weinstein (â€œBlood Diamond), Joe Roth (â€œOz the Great and Powerful), William Ward, Brian Grazer (â€œJ. Edgar) and Ron Howard. Serving as executive producers are Sarah Bradshaw, Palak Patel and Bruce Berman. William M. Connor is co-producer. The film is based on the novel In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick.
Production, which began September 10th, will shoot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Herfordshire, UK, and on location in the Canary Islands.
â€œHeart of the Sea is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a COTT Productions-Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. co-production, a Roth Films/Spring Creek/Imagine Entertainment Production. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
A theatrical release date has not been set.