Based on a true story, the film centers on the crew of the Essex, a whaling ship destroyed by a massive Sperm Whale, leaving the sailors to fend for themselves in the ocean until rescue. Murphy will play Second Mate Matthew Joy, who convinces Walker’s Captain Pollard to sail to set a course for South America in their raft instead of the closer, but possibly cannibal-populated Society Islands.
Paula Weinstein, Palak Patel, Joe Roth, Will Ward and Brian Grazer will produce the film, which Ron Howard is directing.
After starring in last year’s thriller “Red Lights” and making an appearance in “The Dark Knight Rises”, Murphy will next appear in the drama “Cry/Fly” and is in production on Wally Pfister’s directorial debut “Transcendence”.
He is repped by CAA.