Charlotte Riley joins Ron Howard’s “In The Heart Of The Sea” opposite Chris Hemsworth | Up&Comers
British actress Charlotte Riley becomes the first female cast member of Ron Howard’s 19th Century whaling disaster thriller “In the Heart of the Sea,” according to Deadline.
Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Frank Dillane, Ben Whishaw and newcomer Sam Keeley had been cast previously.
The lack of female roles in this one isn’t surprising since it’s about the all-male crew aboard whaling ship the Essex, which began a journey from Nantucket bound for the South Pacific in 1819 and was rammed and sunk by a giant sperm whale.
The initial crew of 20, led by Hemsworth’s character, dwindled as they struggled to survive aboard three lifeboats, facing hunger, disease and inclement weather. Riley will play Hemsworth’s pregnant wife.
Filming began in London last month.