Though it’s slated for 2015, Warner Bros. In the Heart of the Sea has begun test screening for audiences, a source close to AwardsDaily reports. Does this mean there’s a chance it will be a 2014 release?

In the Heart of the Sea is directed by Ron Howard — starring Chris Hemsworth. It is said to be the basis for Moby Dick. The plot, as follows: Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.

I’m guessing that this should ultimately be an anti-whaling messaged film. I hope so.

The above pic was tweeted by Ron Howard and shows Chris Hemsworth’s weight loss for the role.

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  • murtaza

    looks very very interesting…

  • steve50

    I read the book about 15 years ago and it’s a helluva story (and was an inspiration to Melville).

    In 1819, fifteen months into their whale hunting expedition out of Nantucket, an enraged sperm whale turns the tables and rams the Essex, dumping the 23 man crew (all of them young, some teenagers) into the South Pacific – for something like 3 months.

    The disaster was the “Titanic” of the 19th Century.

    Moby Dick has had miserable luck being turned into a decent film, so perhaps this will turn out better. It’s more suited to Peter Weir or Ridley Scott, but maybe Ron Howard can get a handle on it.

  • Ailidh

    Though I love the story behind this one (and Moby Dick of course), with Life of Pi, All is Lost, Unbroken.. I think we may have been shipwrecked once too often.

  • cirkusfolk

    I questioned why a film of this caliber was slated for a March release. Hope it moves into this year. Of not Hemsworth will have three films out in 2015 by May. This, Michael Mann’s Cyber and the new Avengers.

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