For months now, The Whale has been gathering plaudits at movie festivals around the globe – and past director Darren Aronofsky, there’s been one title on all people’s lips: Brendan Fraser. After a substantial absence from film roles (you’ll be able to learn up on-line concerning the terrible circumstances that led to his transfer away from the massive display screen), he’s began making a long-awaited comeback in recent times, now culminating in a number one function in Aronosky’s A24 drama. Right here, he performs Charlie – a person whose trauma has led to a binge-eating dysfunction and subsequent weight problems that isolates him from the world – as he makes an attempt to reconnect along with his estranged daughter Ellie, performed by Stranger Issues’ Sadie Sink. Take a look at the primary teaser right here.
Even within the area of only a minute, The Whale teaser affords a way of what’s in retailer – tonally, a dose of traditional Aronofskian gloom (hey, the person behind Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler, Mom! and extra shouldn’t be precisely recognized for cheeriness) with notes of wounded optimism in Fraser’s deeply weak efficiency, a claustrophobic side ratio, and an unsettling soundscape to amp up the emotional dread. And if the world is ready to see Fraser triumph as soon as extra on the massive display screen (early phrase on his efficiency is that it’s phenomenal), it additionally guarantees a serious step ahead for Sink – who, between her season-stealing Stranger Issues 4 function, her wonderful efficiency within the Worry Avenue trilogy, and her anchoring of Taylor Swift’s All Too Effectively: The Quick Movie, is clearly gearing as much as be a serious expertise.
Whereas The Whale is round a month away from launch within the US, audiences within the UK should wait till subsequent yr to see Fraser’s efficiency – it’s at the moment slated for a 3 February 2023 arrival on these shores. Let the Brenaissance start.