USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage–Nicolas Cage WWII Disaster Movie

Hannibal Classics Films and Patriot Pictures have released the first trailer for Nicolas Cage’s World War II disaster movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.

Mario Van Peebles directed from a script by Cam Cannon and Hannibal Classics Richard Rionda Del Castro.

Cage stars as Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs.

“President Truman has selected you to lead a highly classified mission,” Cage is told.

As the ship was without an escort, the Indianapolis was not reported missing until four days later. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, about 300 went down with the ship, while the rest faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks as they waited for assistance. Only 317 sailors survived, and McVay was court-martialed, then exonerated half a century later.

The trailer shows shark attacks during those five days and the court martial.

Thomas Jane co-stars as the pilot Chuck Gwinn, who spotted the crew of the USS Indianapolis on the fifth day of their ordeal.