The first photograph of the actor to be shown in Darren Aronofsky’s forthcoming drama The Whale was made public on Tuesday by the distribution company A24. The story revolves on Charlie (Fraser), a reclusive English teacher who suffers from compulsive overeating.
He tries to reunite with his estranged teenage daughter, Elle, played by Sadie Sink, who made her breakout in the extremely popular show Stranger Things.
The Whale, which is directed by Darren Aronofsky, is slated to have its debut at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. This will be Aronofsky’s first film since 2017’s Mother! which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
The international rights will be held by A24. Samuel D. Hunter will adapt the screenplay for the movie version of his 2012 play of the same name.
“Adapting my play into a screenplay has been a real labor of love for me,” says Hunter to Deadline. “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.”
“It’s gonna be like something you haven’t seen before,” Fraser told Unilad last year of the film. “That’s really all I can tell you. The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome. This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done but not to be coy… I do know it’s going to make a lasting impression.”
The last time we saw Fraser, he was playing Cliff Steele on Doom Patrol, as well as Cliff’s alter ego, Robotman.
The actor also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move as a supporting character in 2016, but The Whale will be the first time he has played the lead role in a film since 2013’s Breakout, which was released exclusively on DVD.
Brenden’s dedication to the next movie is quite clear from the way he looks, which consists of thinning hair that is slicked back, a much bigger body, and an expression of yearning for better times.
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