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Brendan Fraser was probably one of the biggest stars of the early 2000s, and though he’s slowly finding his way back to the spotlight, his next movie may as well be his comeback.
According to Deadline, Fraser is set to star in an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale directed by Darren Aronofsky (mother!). The play is said to follow the story of a 600-pound-recluse on a path to his own self destruction. With Aronofsky being a master of emulating human suffering with movies like Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler, a project like The Whale could very much be up his alley.
Hunter had this to say about Aronosfsky handling the adaptation of his play:
“Adapting my play into a screenplay has been a real labor of love for me… This story is deeply personal and I’m very thankful it will have the chance to reach a wider audience. I’ve been a fan of Darren’s ever since I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was a college freshman writing my first plays, and I’m so grateful that he’s bringing his singular talent and vision to this film.”
With Fraser himself having been lost in the spotlight, him taking on a character that has been a recluse is an interesting bit of meta-casting. Hopefully this will be Fraser’s return to form, and we get to see more of him onscreen in the future.
No release date has been set for The Whale, but fingers crossed it will release sometime in 2022.