Tom Holland, the young star of The Impossible, has joined the cast of director Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea. Deadline has the news, reporting that Holland will join the previously attached Chris Hemsworth in the Warner Bros. adaptation of the nonfiction book. Written by Nathaniel Philbrick and published in 2011, the text is officiall decribed as follows:
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little–known documents-including a long–lost account written by the ship’s cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
Holland, who will play the role of Young Nickerson, can be seen coming up in Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now, starring opposite Saoirse Ronan.
The script for In the Heart of the Sea has been adapted by Blood Diamond scribe Charles Leavitt.