There was time James Marsh‘s upcoming biopic The Mercy was been considered as a potential Oscar potential. On the day the 2018 Oscar nominations Studiocanal release a new second UK Trailer starring Colin Firth as Donald Crowhurst. The sailor who attempted to sail around the world without stopping. Something not even the best of the best in yachtsman dared try.
James Marsh knows how to deliver a solid a biopic with The Theory Of Everything, Man On Wire two that come to mind. The best biopics are ones in which the story has plenty of bumps in the road, Crowhurst’s certainly does. This trailer gives us a taster of those bumps and the strain attempting to sail the Golden Globe Race has on his marriage. Life is a gamble Crowhurst was willing to give up everything…
Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (COLIN FIRTH, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (RACHEL WEISZ, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.
Co-starring DAVID THEWLIS (Anomalisa, The Theory of Everything) and KEN STOTT (‘War & Peace’, The Hobbit), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges), the story of Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.
“I am going because I would have no peace if I stayed.” Donald Crowhurst
The Mercy will be released in the UK and Ireland on 9th February.