Casey Affleck might be taking a big plunge soon, thanks to a new sea-faring feature that sounds, quite honestly, utterly horrifying. Deadline reports that the actor is in talks to join Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours, a true life tale that centers on what is considered to be the Coast Guard’s most “daring” rescue to date. Gillespie will be working from a script by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who have adapted Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ book on the subject — yes, it’s even called “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.”
Chris Pine is already on board the project, which sounds like the kind of meaty and dramatic feature that has room for a bevy of big male talents. Affleck has previously proven his acting chops over and over again, so The Finest Hours certainly sounds like a good fit for the actor.
ComingSoon shares the book’s official synopsis, which is enough to send chills down anyone’s spine:
In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived.
In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy. The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships.
The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.
Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it’s a miracle—and a testament to their bravery—that any came home to tell their tales at all.
So, anyone want to go on a boat trip?
The film sounds like it will offer a number of challenges, from its period setting to all that sea-set action (that includes no less than four vessels to chronicle), but a solid cast will absolutely help ease some of those issues. It sure sounds like Gillespie’s most ambitious film yet — the director is known for smaller, more emotion-driven fare like Lars and the Real Girl and Million Dollar Arm.
Affleck has some good stuff lined up — we’ll next see him in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, he recently signed on to star as Meriwether Lewis in a Lewis and Clark miniseries, and he’ll soon get back to directing when he takes on the Josh Hamilton story.
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