Darren Aronofsky will direct Brendan Fraser in “The Whale,” an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play about a morbidly obese recluse.
A24 owns the worldwide rights to the film. “The Whale” received critical acclaim on its Off-Broadway debut in 2012, winning both the Drama Desk Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding acting.
It’s the story of a middle-aged 600-pound man named Charlie and his attempts to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter. The two separated after Charlie abandoned his family for his gay lover, who later passed away. Charlie then turned to compulsive eating because of the grief.
Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures will also produce the film. The director scored high praise and a strong following with titles like “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan”. However, her most recent effort, “Mother!”, Was a divisive source and a business bomb when it was created in 2017, grossing $ 44.5 million on a $ 30 million budget and facing disappointing reviews. as well as several praise.
Fraser recently appeared on FX’s “Trust”, gaining positive reviews. But it had been a while since he was on Hollywood’s A-List as the star of the “George of the Jungle” and “The Mummy” franchise. Maybe he’s just a spectacular role away from reminding audiences and Hollywood of what they initially embraced, and Charlie looks like it could mark a career comeback if he pulls the transformation right. Aronofsky managed to do something similar with Mickey Rourke, another once hot talent whose career spanned fumes before hitting with “The Wrestler” in 2008.
Aronofsky is replaced by CAA and Fraser is replaced by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment. Deadline broke the news of Aronofsky and Fraser’s new project.