With production expected to get underway next month, Disney is filling out the cast of its period coast guard drama, The Finest Hours, and news has surfaced that the studio is in talks with Oscar nominee Casey Affleck to star.
Chris Pine came on board earlier in the year, with Craig Gillespie attached at the helm.
The Finest Hours tells the true tale of how in 1952, a Noreaster hit the New England coast, and two oil tankers were caught in the middle. The ships split in two, casting its crews into the ferocious seas, and it was up to the valiant effort of the coast guard to attempt a rescue.
The film sees Gillespie reuniting with the studio following this year’s sports biopic, Million Dollar Arm. He’s directing from a script penned by the Oscar-nominated writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, co-writers on David O. Russell’s The Fighter, with the duo adapting the non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias.
Affleck is coming off the back of a well-received turn in Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace opposite Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson. He’ll next be seen later this year in Christopher Nolan’s hugely anticipated blockbuster, Interstellar, and has just finished production on John Hillcoat’s crime-drama, Triple Nine, which is easily one of the films I’m most looking forward to seeing next year.
He’s an amazing actor, as well as an incredibly talented filmmaker, who is gearing up to shoot his own sports biopic, that of the rise and fall and rise of baseball’s Josh Hamilton.
The premise of The Finest Hours certainly has potential, and it will be interesting to see if Disney is eyeing this as a possible awards contender for next year.
Source: via Deadline.