Murphy: I'm ready for sea scenes

Cillian Murphy has been rowing to prepare for In The Heart Of The Sea

Cillian Murphy has revealed that he has been training for his upcoming role in In The Heart Of The Sea - by rowing.

The Peaky Blinders star will play second mate Matthew Joy in Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's maritime history book, In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex.

He joked he has been preparing for the scenes at sea, admitting: "I think I'll be alright - well I hope so, anyway! I've been doing a little bit of rowing when I get a bit of spare time actually, so that might help."

Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw also star in the film, which tells the story of an American whaleship that was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820.

Thor star Chris has been cast as the vessel's veteran first mate Owen Chase, Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard, and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. Tom plays the young seaman Tom Nickerson, with Brendan as the older character.

Production has begun, with scenes shot at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in Herfordshire, UK, and on location in the Canary Islands.

:: Peaky Blinders is released on DVD on October 21.

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