Chris Hemsworth has been part of three major film releases this year: The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Cabin in the Woods, and he plays one of the lead roles in Ron Howard’s upcoming racing film Rush. But with a sequel to Thor shooting soon and a sequel to Huntsman likely happening next year, he hasn’t signed on to as many new project as some other hot young actors.

But now he’s attached to a film that could leverage some of the appeal he brought to Thor, in a slightly different way. In the Heart of the Sea is a book by Nathaniel Philbrick that recounts a two hundred year old whaling story, in which a whaling ship is attacked and destroyed by a sperm whale. The tale features classic heroism, a struggle for survival, and even cannibalism.

Now Hemsworth is attached to play the lead while the film looks for a studio home. The interesting bit is that (speaking of…) the voyage detailed in the book is the one that inspired Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick. Read More »