Watch the first trailer for In the Heart of the Sea starring Cillian Murphy

The Peaky Blinders actor is returning to the big screen and the high seas next year in Ron Howard's movie In the Heart of the Sea

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Cillian Murphy has been making the most of his new TV career as Brummie gangster Tommy in Peaky Blinders, but next year he’ll be returning to the big screen for seafaring tragedy In the Heart of the Sea, the first trailer for which has just been released.

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Murphy hopped on board the project last year. The film, made by Rush director Ron Howard, tells the tale of Nantucket whaling ship the Essex, the true story that inspired author Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

The trailer below hints at how in 1820 a whaling ship was smashed apart by a giant whale, and the struggles of the 21 men aboard who fought to survive.

Murphy plays second mate Matthew Joy alongside Thor actor Chris Hemsworth. In an interview with Radio Times earlier this year Murphy explained why he decided to turn his back on film and take a starring role on BBC2 drama Peaky Blinders.

“I was watching all of these shows I loved on TV – House of Cards, The Fall, The Wire – and going, ‘Wow, I want to be in these!’ ” he said. “But I wasn’t getting sent the scripts. So I emphatically said to my agent: I need to do some good television.”

Next year though he’ll be back on the big screen; perhaps his TV work made In the Heart of the Sea plain sailing?

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“I would never limit myself. I’m a TV actor, I’m a theatre actor, I’m just a f***ing actor who tries to find the good work,” he said.