The film was originally set to be released during the height of awards season this year. But when Disney renewed its deal with IMAX back in April, they decided to push The Finest Hours back in order to give it an IMAX 3D release in the New Year instead.
The studio is expected to release the first trailer later today. And ahead of its arrival, we’ve got the first teaser poster to share.
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.
Foster, Pine, and Affleck are joined by a terrific ensemble cast, led by Holliday Grainger, Eric Bana, Graham McTavish, Kyle Gallner, Rachel Brosnahan, Josh Stewart, Abraham Benrubi, John Ortiz, and Beau Knapp.
Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Lars and the Real Girl) directs from a script by Oscar-nominated writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamsay (The Fighter). They adapt the original book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, based on a true story.
The film’s new release date sees it opening alongside some tough competition, mostly in the form of Fox and DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 3. Warner Bros. will also be an as-yet-unknown New Line horror, which is likely to be a low-budget, low-risk, high-potential affair. All three will be playing to largely different audiences, though, and I’m optimistic that there will be plenty of room for The Finest Hours to succeed.
The Finest Hours is set to be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on January 29th, 2016 in the US and UK.