First teaser trailer and poster for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea

Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer and poster for Ron Howard’s new film In the Heart of the Sea.

The film is based on the Nathaniel Philbrick book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, and tells the true story of an American whaleship from Nantucket, that sank when it was attacked by a sperm whale in the Pacific Ocean in November 1820. The surviving crew-members spent 90 days in small whaling boats awaiting rescue.

Irish stars Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy feature alongside Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Jordi Molla.

In the Heart of the Sea is out on March 13th.


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. “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.