Disney Sets Sail on Chris Pine Coast Guard Drama ‘The Finest Hours’

The period piece, directed by Craig Gillespie, enters production this month

Last Updated: September 9, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

Disney’s water drama “The Finest Hours” is finally ready to set sail.

“Star Trek” leading man Chris Pine and Oscar-nominee Casey Affleck will star in the fact-based film, which will be directed by Craig Gillespie. The “Million Dollar Arm” and “Lars and the Real Girl” helmer replaces “R.I.P.D.” director Robert Schwentke, who left to direct a “Divergent” sequel.

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The 1952-set film focuses on four Coast Guard members that uses a lifeboat in a desperate attempt to rescue 30 sailors who are stranded in freezing water after a horrible storm strikes their oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod. 

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Based on the book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, it was scripted by Oscar nominees Paul Tamsay & Eric Johnson (“The Fighter”) and fellow “The Fighter” writer Scott Silver, who also worked on “8 Mile.”

Jim Whitaker (“Cinderella Man”) and Dorothy Aufiero are producing the project.

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the film as a “naval drama.” It is in fact a film based on the experiences of members of the U.S. Coast Guard.