Eric Bana Enlists in the Coast Guard for Disney's 'Finest Hours' Drama
After advising Mark Wahlberg and his tragically fallen comrades in the military drama Lone Survivor last year, it looks like Eric Bana is heading to the Coast Guard in a similar commanding role. Deadline reports the actor has joined Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in The Finest Hours, a sea rescue drama set up at Disney about how two oil tankers were split in two, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. On a small lifeboat faced with freezing cold and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the vessel. More below!
Bana will play Daniel Cluff, the deeply respected coast guard warrant officer and point supervisor to Bernie, the character played by Pine. It's Bana's character who orders Pine to head out on the rescue mission at Cape Cod in 1951 despite his wife's dissension. This is quite the fine cast coming together for the kind of drama that Disney hasn't made in a long time. Anyway, production is underway right now with Craig Gillespie at the helm and a script from Paul Tamsay & Eric Johnson (The Fighter) and Academy Award nominee Scott Silver (also of The Fighter and 8 Mile). We'll keep you posted as more information surfaces.