‘The Whale’ Trailer Sees Brendan Fraser’s Hollywood Return in Gripping Drama

We’ve been patiently waiting for A24 to share the first glimpse of Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, The Whale, and it’s finally here. While critics have lauded the upcoming epic for its bold and gripping take on the drama genre, Brendan Fraser’s triumphant return to the big screen has stolen the headlines. Spending several years in Hollywood obscurity, the former George of the Jungle actor has exploded back into the limelight following his latest performance as Charlie, a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity. And today, fans were treated to a quick teaser trailer featuring snippets of his mesmerising portrayal.

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The minute-long teaser trailer includes shots of main character Charlie (Fraser) scattered with moments of his home, the beach, and his 17-year-old daughter played by Sadie Sink. “Do you ever get the feeling people are incapable of not caring?” Charlie says in a voiceover. “People are amazing.”

In addition to Fraser and Sink, The Whale stars Samantha Morton, Hong Chau, and Ty Simpkins. The movie is directed by Aronofksy (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and has been adapted from Samuel D. Hunter’s play of the same name.

The actor’s performance as a 600-pound man attempting to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption is garnering critical acclaim, with Deadline‘s Damon Wise noting that Fraser’s “all-in performance… makes adjectives such as ‘brave’ and ‘fearless’ seem almost meaningless”. Furthermore, his efforts earned a 6-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, with the applause and admiration visibly moving Fraser to tears.

“It felt so affirming,” Fraser later told Variety of the reception. “I was emotional because it was acknowledgment that what we did is making an impact. And that kind of response feels completely new in my professional life.”

BBC film critic Nicholas Barber has already claimed that Fraser “richly deserves to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar”, noting that it is “hard to imagine anyone being as captivating in the role”. Whether or not he claims the trophy, we can wait to see The Whale in theatres from December 9 in the US. Unfortunately, an Australian release date is yet to be confirmed.

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