by Ethan Anderton
June 11, 2012
Between Snow White and the Huntsman and The Avengers and the lesser celebrated though wholly worthy Cabin in the Woods, it's been a great year for Chris Hemsworth, and we should still see him in the long delayed remake of Red Dawn sometime this year. Now the actor is lining up more future projects as Deadline reports Hemsworth has just become attached to In the Heart of the Sea, a long gestating adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's book of the same name which tells the story of the real-life disaster of a ship being destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820, which inspired Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick.
Edward Zwick was once attached to direct the film a few years ago, but it never god off the ground. As of now the project is also trying to find a studio home with DreamWorks looking like the frontrunner to make it happen now that Hemsworth is attached. Blood Diamond writer Charles Leavitt is behind the script which will see Hemsworth as a first mate who was supplanted as captain of the whaling ship by a better connected rival. He's essentially the young hero as he ends up leading some of the crewman to rescue after the sperm whale attacks the ship and leaves everyone stranded in the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from home. Sounds like a great role for Hemsworth, who we'll next see stretching his acting chops in Ron Howard's racing drama Rush sometime down the road.