The Finest Hours is the true story of how four members of the coast guard braved a massive storm to rescue 30 sailors stranded on the SS Pendleton, which had been split into two. But what you may not realize that the film is also a story of survival. Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) the ship’s engineer, took it upon himself to be the leader of the 30 man crew, most of whom were frightened at the thought of staying aboard a half-broken ship and wanted to take their chances on a fragile lifeboat. But with a calm demeanor, Sybert rallied the men to work together to survive one of the worst storms recorded in U.S. history.
We had a chance to talk to Affleck during the film’s press junket where he spoke to a group of journalists about what it was like to play a real-life hero, the filming process, the research, the sets, and more. Check out our interview with the actor below.
Chris Pine is fine as a leading man. We have seen him captain a team in Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. But his next film sees him something that is based on a story, and has him captaining a ship of a different kind. In The Finest Hours, the actor plays Bernie Webber, a man who rallies a team together to head straight into one of New England’s deadliest storms to save 30 stranded men aboard a sinking ship.
Disney has released a trailer for their upcoming rescue movie The Finest Hours. The movie tells the story of a small boat rescue mission in ocean waters off the coast of New England during a massive nor’easter in 1952.
Starring is Casey Affleck, Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, and John Ortiz, with Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night ) directing after making Million Dollar Arm for Disney last year. You can watch the trailer and read a full synopsis below.
A movie adaptation of Boston Strong, a book about the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt that followed, was first announced back in July of 2013. Now comes word that Massachusetts native Casey Affleck is set to star in and produce the movie.
The book is written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, and the rights to adapt it were optioned by The Fighter writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, who penned the spec script.
Last Thursday, San Diego Comic-Con kicked off in typically hyped-up fashion with a panel presented by Paramount Pictures that among other things offered attendees a glimpse at the latest trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming outerspace adventure Interstellar. It was greeted with extraordinary enthusiasm and now that trailer is online in full HD glory.