Everyone loves an exciting real life survival story, right? Well, before too long, moviegoers and subscribers to a certain streaming service will be able to see Ron Howard’s upcoming biographical drama, Thirteen Liveswhich will tell the story of one of the most harrowing and well-known rescue missions in recent memory: the rescue from Tham Luang Cave.
But before you check out what ranks as one of the best Oscar front-runners of 2023, there are a few things you’ll probably want to know about the upcoming picture, including who will be in it, when will it be released and just how much The effort cast and crew put into telling the unforgettable story of how far complete strangers will go to save a group of teenagers from an early death. Let’s dive in and check out Thirteen Livesshould we?
Thirteen Lives will be released in cinemas and on Prime Video in August 2022
Although an exact date has not yet been announced Thirteen Lives, Ron Howard’s upcoming biographical survival drama is set to hit theaters and Amazon Prime Video sometime in August 2022, according to Variety. The film, which will be published by MGM (which was bought by Amazon for $8.5 billion in March 2022), will have a limited theatrical release shortly before its streaming debut on the popular platform.
Thirteen Lives was due to open in theaters on November 18, 2022 alongside other awards-season hopefuls, but is now set to become one of the premier summer tents available to anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription.
Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton lead the cast of The Thirteen Lives
Over the years, Ron Howard has put together some pretty amazing casts in films like The paper, Apollo 13, cocoon, A beautiful spirit, and countless others. Considering that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise Thirteen Lives will not only feature an amazing all-star cast, but also a large international cast of actors who will help tell the true life story of heroism and survival.
In March 2021, Deadline revealed that Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farelland Joel Edgerton would portray cave and rescue specialist Richard Stanton, cave diver John Volanthen, and anesthetist and cave diver Richard Harris. The rest of the big cast includes Weir Sukollawat, Thiraphat Sajakul, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Vithaya Pansringarm, Teeradon “James” Supapunpinyo, Nophand Boonyai, Tom Bateman, Paul Gleesonand Lewis Fitz Gerald.
Thirteen Lives chronicles the events of the 2018 Tham Luang Cave Rescue
When Thirteen Lives was first announced in 2020, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the film will focus on the true story of the Tham Luang Cave rescue operation in 2018, which became an international media story as rescuers from around the world came together to Rescuing 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in a flooded and impenetrable cave system in Thailand.
According to CNN, the 12 players and coaches of the Wild Boars youth soccer team spent three weeks in the cave from June 23 to July 10, 2018, when the final member of the group, the head coach, was pulled from the system alive.
Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell trained with actual rescue divers
Since Viggo Mortensen and Colin Farrell play two of the lead divers in the Tham Luang cave rescue mission, one would assume they would go through an intense training program. However, instead of training with random divers, the actors worked with some of the rescuers from the actual operation, as Ron Howard told The Hollywood Reporter in May 2022:
But it wasn’t just Mortensen and Farrell who learned the basics from the accomplished divers like other members of the Thirteen Lives The cast received special training during prep and on set to get everything just right.
Ron Howard and his team built their own artificial cave and tunnel system for thirteen lifetimes
One of the biggest obstacles hampering the 2018 Tham Luang Cave rescue operation was the amount of rain that soaked the area and further flooded the intricate cave system. Because of the problems that filming in the wild could create, Ron Howard told The Hollywood Reporter (in the same interview from above) that he and his team designed five different tanks for the shoot, each of those tanks having a different cave and tunnel network to better replicate the actual location.
Despite filming in man-made caves with high safety standards, Howard described the entire process as a “masterpiece” and compared it to the systems he used to film the fire scenes retreat and the famous zero-gravity scenes in his 1995 historical drama, Apollo 13filmed in a KC-135 aircraft commonly referred to as “the Vomit Comet”.
On Thirteen Lives production took place in Australia in 2021
The process of telling the story of the heroism, survival and human spirit of those involved in saving Tham Luang Cave began in March 2021 near Brisbane, Australia, according to William Nicholson, the film’s screenwriter , who had previously written screenplays for gladiator, unbrokenand Everest. This comes a few months after Deadline announced MGM production would take place in Australia after the government poured $13 million into the project.
Thirteen lives had the best test scores in MGM history
at a certain point in time Thirteen Lives was scheduled to hit theaters in April 2022, but after incredibly successful test screenings, MGM decided to move the film back into awards season territory in the 2022 film schedule. According to Deadline, the film had the best test scores in studio history, although not many details were provided at the time. Considering the titles MGM has released over the years – Blown by the wind, rain Main, 2001: A Space Odyssey – it sounds like Ron Howard’s film is one of ours that none of us would want to miss.