What do you get when you combine two favorites – in this particular case a great director and a great actor – and put them behind and in front of the camera respectively to film a whale of a good story? Well, fingers crossed, hopefully a truly unforgettable film called The Whale. At least that’s the word from ‘round campfire from those yarn-spinning wordsmiths at Deadline.
Director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Mother) and actor Brendan Fraser (Dogfight, School Ties, Doom Patrol) have their sights on a team-up via the upcoming A24 film The Whale.
Based off of the popular stage play by award winning scribe Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale is about an extremely overweight and secluded man named Charlie who is determined to eat himself to death. Charlie has in his corner, however, two souls who see a better future for him. Charlie’s estranged daughter, too, may hold the key for his ultimate redemption and survival. Heavy stuff and Hunter will be handling the adaptation chores for this tough material.
Aronofsky, of course, has proven himself more than adept at tackling stories that have nothing to do with spandex clad superheroes or computer animated emoji’s. The real attraction for this production will be extremely underrated actor par excellence Brendan Fraser who, in this talking head’s humble opinion, more than has the gravitas to pull this part off. The Quiet American and Gods and Monsters were never flukes or anomalies on this hard working actor’s filmography: Brendan Fraser is, simply put, one of the best working actors currently making the scene; the combination of Fraser’s talent and Aronofsky’s eye and ear for truly bracing material will hopefully translate like gangbusters on the silver screen.
In a press release, Samuel D. Hunter extolled the virtues of the upcoming production of The Whale: “Adapting my play into a screenplay has been a real labor of love for me. This story is deeply personal and I’m 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.”
An exciting teaming of some extremely talented folks; what’s not to love? This fan of both Fraser and Aronofsky will eagerly be in line for this flick when it drops and we’ll endeavor to keep our readers up to date on any news about The Whale as it becomes available to us.