Could Chris Hemsworth be moving from ensemble player to headliner? Technically, he’s already played Thor in his own movie, but he had a lot of help from a tremendous cast and the luxury of a built-in Marvel audience. Thor became just another member of The Avengers during Joss Whedon’s delightful summer blockbuster this year, and Hemsworth had roles in The Cabin in the Woods, the upcoming Red Dawn, and even his quick appearance in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek which made sure he didn’t have to bear the weight of a franchise on his shoulders. But that could be changing, as Deadline reports Hemsworth is in talks to lead In the Heart of the Sea, a period piece that actually was the inspiration for the famous story of “Moby Dick.”
In 1820, a ship called The Essex was rammed by a giant sperm whale and sank, leaving only a handful of surviving crew members. Hemsworth will play a first mate who organizes the surviving crew, but things take a turn for the worse when they realize they’re lost at sea with no hope of rescue, so they resort to drawing straws to see who is going to eat who in order to stay alive.
Sounds like Hemsworth’s very own Master and Commander: Far Side of the World, a maritime movie that earned a Best Picture nomination and further established Russell Crowe’s presence as a leading man. Charles Leavitt wrote the script, and he also wrote the excellent DiCaprio/Connelly/Honsou film Blood Diamond back in 2006, so at least the story is in good hands. We know Hemsworth is a capable actor, now all we have to do is sit back and wait for a director to jump on board to see how this project turns out.