Plenty of movies have been made about “Moby Dick.” But not until next year will there be a film on the true life story that inspired the tale of Captain Ahab and the great white whale.
In this epic teaser trailer, audiences get a sneak peek at “In the Heart of the Sea,” a movie about the real life doomed voyage that inspired “Moby Dick”. In 1820, the ship Essex was struck by a large sperm whale, causing the vessel to sink and resigning the crew to a terrible fate.
The movie takes its title and storyline from the book on the Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. Directed by Ron Howard, it stars Chris Hemsworth as the Essex’s first mate.
The period film looks to have plenty of gripping scenes on 19th century whaling as well as survival. After the Essex sank, the men attempted to sail 2000 nautical miles to South America in whaleboats. Afloat for 95 days, most of the crew died from dehydration and starvation. As their food supplies were exhausted, some of the survivors resorted to cannibalism before being rescued.
Out of the original crew of the Essex, less then half would survive the ordeal. The Essex was the first ship to be sunk by a whale, and its story would become infamous, eventually reaching a young Herman Melville after he met the son of an Essex survivor. Melville would go on to use the sinking of a ship by a maddened whale as the inspiration for “Moby Dick.”
With the release of the movie, however, you may find that the truth is even more amazing than the fiction it helped create.