Chris Hemsworth is attached to star in the adventure In the Heart of the Sea says Deadline.
Charles Leavitt wrote the script, adapted from author Nathaniel Philbrick's non-fiction book of the same name. The story revolves around a Nantucket whaling ship which was destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. Only eight crew members were rescued alive, after being lost at sea for 90 days. The true event inspired Herman Melville to write his literary classic Moby-Dick.
Hemsworth would play the hero of the story, a first mate who was unseated as captain of the ship by a rival
Joe Roth, Palak Patel, Paula Weinstein, and Will Ward are producing the adaptation.
The project has been in development for several years, with directors such as Barry Levinson and Edward Zwick once attached to direct.