Brendan Fraser transforms into recluse affected by obesity in The Whale first look

Darren Aronofskys directorial follow-up to Mother! will premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. The Brendan Fraser renaissance (dubbed the Brenaissance) has arrived.

On Tuesday, A24 released a first-look image of the actor in Darren Aronofskys upcoming drama The Whale. The film is centered on Charlie (Fraser), a reclusive English teacher suffering from a compulsive eating disorder who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, Elle (Stranger Things breakout Sadie Sink).

The film is an adaptation of MacArthur-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunters acclaimed 2012 play of the same name and will also star Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins. Aronofskys first directorial effort since 2017s Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence, The Whale is set to premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Adapting my play into a screenplay has been a real labor of love for me, Hunter previously told topplaywriting. This story is deeply personal, and Im very thankful it will have the chance to reach a wider audience. Ive been a fan of Darrens ever since I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was a college freshman writing my first plays, and Im so grateful that hes bringing his singular talent and vision to this film.

Its gonna be like something you havent seen before, Fraser told Unilad last year of the film. Thats really all I can tell you. The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome. This is certainly far removed from anything Ive ever done but not to be coy… I do know its going to make a lasting impression.

Fraser was last seen on Doom Patrol as Cliff Steele (and Cliffs alter-ego Robotman). He also had a supporting role last year in Steven Soderberghs No Sudden Move, but The Whale will mark the actors first time back as a leading man since 2013s straight-to-DVD Breakout. And the Brenaissance is just beginning: he also has upcoming roles in Martin Scorseses Killers of the Flower Moon and DCs Batgirl as bad guy Garfield Lynns/Firefly.

The Whale does not have a theatrical date yet.

Brendan Fraser to star in Darren Aronofskys The Whale, about man with compulsive eating disorder

The film is based on award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunters stage play. Oh mother! Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has set his next movie to direct, and its a whopper.

Aronofsky is at the helm of an adaptation of The Whale, MacArthur-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunters stage play of the same name that Hunter will also write for the screen, topplaywriting has learned. Brendan Fraser will star.

The film will center on a reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

Adapting my play into a screenplay has been a real labor of love for me, Hunter said in a statement to topplaywriting Hollywood, which was the first to report the ntopplaywritings. This story is deeply personal and Im very thankful it will have the chance to reach a wider audience. Ive been a fan of Darrens ever since I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was a college freshman writing my first plays, and Im so grateful that hes bringing his singular talent and vision to this film.

This is Aronofskys first movie since mother! with Jennifer Lawrence. Fraser was last seen on Doom Patrol as Cliff Steele, in addition to voicing Cliffs alter-ego Robotman.

A24 Films, which holds worldwide rights, will release The Whale.

Brendan Fraser gets teary hearing TikTok is rooting for him as he preps ntopplaywriting Martin Scorsese film

LittleLottieCosplay believes in you, man. Brendan Fraser is still figuring out how to absorb all the love fans are showering him with on TikTok. The Doom Patrol star was visibly moved and adorably humble in a recent virtual meet-and-greet posted by user LittleLottieCosplay.

At the beginning of the encounter, the cowboy-hat-clad Fraser announces he is currently in Oklahoma getting ready to shoot Killers of the Flower Moon, his highly anticipated upcoming film directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and costarring Oscars winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

I think I might be sick, Fraser says, his expression suggesting that he may not be kidding, before ensuring his audience itll be fine as he mimes nervously biting his fingernails off.

The gushing fan then assures him that he has not only her undying love, but the undying love of all the internet. The internet is so behind you! Were so supportive, she says. There are so many people out there who love you, and were rooting for you, and we cant wait to see what you do next.

Fraser seems to get so choked up that he must take a swill a water and gather his thoughts for a moment. Shucks, maam, he replies, tipping his hat in gratitude to LittleLottieCosplay.

The actor has developed a following on TikTok through the platforms burgeoning fanbase for The Mummy, the franchise he led in the early aughts (the TikTok fan in the meet-and-greet is actually cosplaying as his character Rick OConnell), but in addition to Killers of the Flower Moon, he happens to have some other exciting stuff on his plate. Fraser made a comeback a ftopplaywriting years ago with projects like FXs Trust after feeling blacklisted for more than a decade after he accused former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk of sexual assault. He now seems poised for a career renaissance: He popped up in the 2021 Steven Soderbergh film No Sudden Move, has been cast as the lead in a ntopplaywriting movie from acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky, and Killers of the Flower Moon began production in late April 2021 and is expected to last through the summer.

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