Chris Hemsworth Sets Sail For 'In the Heart of the Sea'

[caption id="attachment_127568" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Getty Images"]Chris Hemsworth[/caption]

Thar she blows! It's Chris Hemsworth's next movie on the horizon!

The Huntsman will be a landlubber no longer as he signs on for the dangerous waters of "In the Heart of the Sea," according to Deadline.

"Heart" is based on Nathaniel Philbrick's novel of the same name, a fact-based account of the plight of the Nantucket whaling ship Essex, which was stalked and ultimately destroyed by a sperm whale in 1820. The story ultimately inspired Herman Melville's mythic tale of Captain Ahab and his mission of revenge, "Moby-Dick."

Chris Hemsworth is attached to (what else?) the hero role, the first mate who leads a total of 20 crewman (and the captain) to safety on small whaling boats after the beast sends the Essex to the bottom of the ocean. The survivors were lost at sea for 90 days; only eight were ultimately rescued.

This is, of course, a perfect role for Hemsworth, whose dashing good looks and impossible physique pretty much guarantee he won't ever be playing working stiffs who worry about paying their rent. And that's going to have to be one hell of a sperm whale if it's going to make for a convincing foe for the god of thunder himself.

No start date has been announced yet, though we're sure production won't commence until after Hemsworth has wrapped "Thor 2," which will hit theaters on Nov. 8, 2013. He'll next be seen (single-handedly?) protecting us from North Korean invaders in "Red Dawn," opening Nov. 21.