Brendan Fraser was a bona fide movie star in the 1990s, but has slipped under the radar in the 21st century. That seems to change with The whalea new drama starring Fraser from director Darren Aronofsky.
The whalewhich comes from a screenplay by Samuel D. Hunter (baskets) based on her own stage play, has garnered buzz for Fraser’s physical transformation, but what else do you need to know about this new film? Let’s take a look at the key details.
When is the release date for The Whale?
The whale hits US audiences on December 9. We are still awaiting release date information for the UK and other regions.
The film screened as part of the Venice Film Festival and has a few more stops on the fall festival circuit, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI Film Festival in London.
What is the plot of The Whale?
This is the official synopsis of The whale from study A24:
“From Darren Aronofsky comes The whalethe story of a lonely English teacher living with severe obesity who tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.”
As mentioned above, the script is based on Hunter’s work.
Who is in the cast of The Whale?
Brendan Fraser leads the cast of The whale, playing teacher Charlie who has to deal with severe obesity (Fraser wore a prosthetic weight suit to help with the physical transformation). Those of the ’90s will remember Fraser when he was at the height of his stardom, appearing in movies like The Mummy, empty-head, george of the jungle Y gods and monsters. While he was still active heading into the 21st century, he hasn’t been able to reach the same heights that he did in the ’90s, appearing mostly in smaller, less-heralded TV shows and movies.
However, Fraser’s comeback has been in the works for a while now. She had a supporting role in the Steven Soderbergh film. No sudden movementhas appeared in the television series doom patrol and was ready to play the villain in Bat girl, before Warner Bros. canceled the film. Nevertheless, The whale It is said to be a showcase for the actor and with more high-profile roles on the horizon, including that of Martin Scorsese. Moonflower Assassinswe will see more of Brendan Fraser very soon.
The cast surrounding Fraser in The whale It includes Strange things star Sadie Sink as Ellie, Hong Chau (Homecoming) as Liz, Ty Simpkins (jurassic world) as Thomas and Samantha Morton (The Walking Dead) How maria.
The Whale reviews: What the critics are saying
The first batch of The whale The reviews are in, with most praising Brendan Fraser’s performance and also giving the film an overall thumbs up. It currently (as of September 6) has an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (opens in a new tab) and a score of 69 (still safely in the “good” range) on Metacritic (opens in a new tab).
Here are some samples of the reviews:
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture (opens in a new tab): “Once everything finally collides in The whalesomething poignant and beautiful and honest comes out.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter (opens in a new tab): “Fraser makes us see beyond the startling appearance to the deeply moving heart of this broken man.”
Leila Latif, IndieWire (opens in a new tab): “Without Brendan Fraser’s innate charm and ability to project soft sadness through the slightest flicker of his huge blue eyes, The whale he wouldn’t have much else going for him.
Is there a trailer for The Whale?
We are still waiting for a trailer for The whale. When one becomes available, we’ll share it here.
Darren Aronofsky Films
The Whale is directed by Darren Aronofsky. The director has been on the independent film scene since the 1990s and has built a reputation for his often challenging and narratively ambitious films. Although one of his films with the best reviews was The fighterwhat do you like The whale it was a story of redemption.
Here are the movies Aronofsky has directed so far in his career:
- Pi (1998)
- Requiem for a Dream (2000)
- The fountain (2006)
- The fighter (2008)
- Black Swan (2010)
- noah (2014)
- Mother! (2017)
His next project is expected to be Adrifta horror movie starring Jared Leto.