The Whale Movie News & Updates: Everything We Know
Written by HENRY AUSTIN
The Brenaissance is set to continue with A24's upcoming psychological drama The Whale. Here's everything we know about Brendan Fraser's movie so far.
Here is everything we know about the upcoming A24 drama The Whale so far, including story updates, the cast, and the release date. A24 has already released several successful movies in 2022, including the mind-bending Everything Everywhere All at Once and the gory slasher X. The Whale is set to be a more grounded and emotional movie from the much-vaunted entertainment company, which touches on delicate issues from family relationships to body image.
The Whale also looks well-placed to continue Brendan Fraser's career resurgence, known as "The Brenaissance," following his reported blacklisting from Hollywood. Recently, Fraser has appeared in various movies and TV series, including the DC Universe's Doom Patrol. Fraser is best known for his work in the late 1990s and early 2000s, in his roles as George in George of the Jungle and Rick O'Connell in The Mummy. While Brendan Fraser's most famous roles have been in action and comedy movies, The Whale looks like it will display the full breadth of his acting talent.
Darren Aronofsky will direct The Whale, marking his first directorial role since 2017's Mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence. While details about The Whale are currently scarce, a recently published photo of Brendan Fraser's upcoming character was released by A24, generating a lot of hype for the upcoming movie. With that in mind, here's everything we know about The Whale.
The Whole Movie Story: What's It About?
Darren Aronofsky's adaptation of The Whale will be based on Samuel D. Hunter's play of the same name. The story follows Charlie, a 600-pound middle-aged man who wants to be part of his daughter's life once again. Charlie's relationship with his daughter broke down after he chose his gay lover over his family. After his lover dies, Charlie binge eats due to the sadness of his loss and the guilt he feels for leaving his old family.
The Whale Movie Cast: Who Is In It?
Brendan Fraser will star in The Whale as Charlie. He is joined by Stranger Things' Sadie Sink, who will portray Charlie's daughter, Ellie. Samantha Morton, who recently played Alpha in The Walking Dead, is also confirmed to appear, and she will be joined by cast members Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins, and Sathya Sridharan.
The Whale Movie Release Date
The Whale will make its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2022. A scheduled general release date for The Whale has not yet been announced, but it will likely be released by the end of 2022. As a guide, the 2021 edition of the Venice International Film Festival, also in September, featured A24's Spencer, which was subsequently released in November of the same year.
The Whale Movie First Look Image
The first look image of The Whale (above) shows a very different-looking Brendan Fraser. Early reports suggest that the beloved actor used prosthetics and makeup to create the illusion of 600-pound man Charlie, similar to Emma Thompson's upcoming portrayal of Matilda's Miss Trunchbull. Consequently, there has been some early criticism of The Whale being fatphobic, so it will be interesting to see how Brendan Fraser's movie tackles the sensitive subject and its other delicate topics, such as abandonment and grief.