Herman Melville makes a cameo in the epic final trailer for Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, the tale that inspired Moby-Dick


The epic final trailer for In the Heart of the Sea is here, and the author behind Moby-Dick is finally getting a cameo.

Ron Howard’s sea thriller follows the doomed crew of the Whaleship Essex after the ship is assaulted by a massive whale in 1820 – a true story that formed the basis of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick.

In the film’s latest and final trailer, Melville (played by Ben Whishaw) is seen interviewing a surviving member of the Essex crew and penning the famous first line of the novel: “Call me Ishmael.”

The clip also includes more hair-raising scenes of whale-inflicted disasters at sea, and Essex first mate Owen Chase (played by Chris Hemsworth) struggling to get himself and his shipmates home to their families.

In the Heart of the Sea also stars Tom Holland, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson, and sails into theaters Dec. 11.