The former Hollywood heartthrob will appear alongside Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink, who will play his 17-year-old daughter
A first look of Brendan Fraser in his comeback film The Whale has been released.
In the film, directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler), Fraser plays the role of a character who “lives with obesity.”
The former 1990s heartthrob best known for his role on The Mummy has undergone a major physical transformation to play the role of Charlie, who is battling his compulsive eating disorder.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Whale and what happened to Brendan Fraser.
Who is Brendan Fraser?
The Canadian-American actor is best known for his role in The Mummy trilogy.
Fraser became an overnight heartthrob in the 2000s, with the 53-year-old starring in films including: Encino Man, Airheads, George of the Jungle, Dudley Do-Right, Monkeybone, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Inkheart and Furry revenge.
The actor has retired from the limelight over the past decade and has rarely appeared in Hollywood films.
This role on Whale will be his first starring role since 2013.
What is the whale movie about?
Whale is an adaptation of the play by Samuel D. Hunter.
It tells the story of a reclusive man named Charlie, played by Fraser.
Charlie is an English teacher battling a compulsive eating disorder and trying to reconnect with his estranged 17-year-old daughter Ellie, played by Sink.
The film’s synopsis reads, “A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity seeks to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.”
Who stars in the whale?
The film will see Fraser return to the lead role for the first time since the 2013 film Breakout, which was released straight-to-DVD.
In Whale he will be joined by Stranger Things Sadie Sink, who will play the role of his 17-year-old daughter, and Samantha Morton, known for her roles in The Minority Report and The Messenger.
Speaking of the upcoming project, Sink told Vanity Fair, “Darren Aronofsky is obviously brilliant and working with him has been a really transformative experience and Brendan is so amazing at it and probably my favorite person on the planet.
“It was so amazing to have this experience with him. I learned a lot about myself as an actress and explored a side of things that I hadn’t really explored before.”
Here is the cast list for Whale:
- Brendan FraserCharlie
- Sadie SinkEllie
- Samantha MortonMaria
- Ty Simpsons: Thomas
- Hong Chau: Liz
- Huck Milner: Ben
- Ryan Heinke: Dave
When is the Whale film coming out in the UK?
The film will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August alongside Pearl and The Eternal Daughter.
The release date is not confirmed, but it is expected to arrive in September 2022
What happened to Brendan Fraser?
Fraser rose to fame after his portrayal of Rick O’Connell in the early 2000’s The Mummy films, but has been relatively absent from the Hollywood acting scene in the past decade.
In conversation with GQ The actor said he wondered if he was blacklisted after he was allegedly sexually harassed at a 2003 luncheon hosted by Golden Globe organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). .
Fraser claimed former HFPA President Phillip Berk groped his buttocks when he offered to shake his hand.
The actor said: “I don’t know if that displeases the group, the HFPA. But the silence was deafening.”
Berk called the claims a “total fabrication,” while admitting that he wrote an apology letter to the actor, he said he “admitted no wrongdoing.”