“The Whale,” Darren Aronofsky’s next film, will star comedian Brendan Fraser. The latter, who will play the main character, says more about the project, which he describes as “a cinematographic experience”.
Brendan Fraser: An Unexpected Resurrection
Now 52 years old, Brendan Fraser met a desert crossing in Hollywood. Star of the 1990s, the comedian, beautiful face of Hollywood, rose to prominence in 1992 in the drama The difference, where he co-starred with Matt Damon. He then goes on with various projects, from Gods and monsters, which earned him the praise of critics, to George of the Jungle, where he made himself known to the general public. In 1999, he certainly meets his biggest role, since he plays the main character of the trilogy The Mummy. After being at the center of Journey to the Center of the Earth and of Looney Tunes Take Action, the end of the 2000s and the 2010s were a real ordeal for the actor.
He later recounted having been sexually assaulted in 2003 by Philip Berk, former president of the Hollywood Association of the Foreign Press, and therefore influential Hollywood personality. Reason why he moved away from the middle and was, according to him, blacklisted. We have to wait until 2019 to see the start of his resurrection. Indeed, the actor is engaged on the series Doom Patrol, in which he meets with some success. Then the actor appears in No Sudden Move by Steven Soderbergh this year. From there, Brendan Fraser’s phone rings again. It will indeed soon be showing at Killers of the Flower Moon by Martin Scorsese, by Brothers alongside Josh Brolin and especially in The Whale by Darren Aronofsky.
The Whale : an intriguing film
Four years later Mother!, critical and commercial failure ($ 44 million in revenue for a budget of $ 30 million), Darren Aronofsky is back with a new project. Entitled The Whale, this new film is a adaptation of the eponymous play by Samuel D. Hunter, released in 2012. The story tells the fate of an obese and sad man, reclusive from society, who lives in hiding, and feeds on filth in the hope of dying. He is desperate to reconnect with his daughter. Soon he befriends a tongue-in-cheek teenager.
The Whale will be the opportunity to see Brendan Fraser in a new lead role. An opportunity above all to shoot under the direction of a great filmmaker like Aronofsky. Produced by A24, The Whale will present the actor in a new role, and very far from his previous appearances on the screen. Brendan Fraser himself has promised that this experience will be totally unique at the microphone of Unilad :
It will be something that you have never seen before. That’s really all I can tell you.
Samuel D. Hunter himself participated in the development of the adapted screenplay for his play. An experience that he particularly appreciated:
Adapting my play to the script was a real labor of love for me. This story is deeply personal and I am very grateful that it has the chance to reach a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Darren ever since I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was in first year in college, while writing my first pieces. I am so grateful that he brings his singular talent and vision to this film.
Besides Brendan Fraser, the rest of the cast is made up of Sadie Sink, Samantha Morton, Ty Simpkins and Hong Chau. The Whale does not yet have a specific release date but should see the light of day in early 2022.