Brendan Fraser is returning to the screen, and he’s undergone a major transformation for his next role.
The first look at Fraser’s film The Whalesee you The Mummy star as main character Charlie, who is described as a 270kg English teacher suffering from morbid obesity as a result of mental illness.
The film follows Fraser as he attempts to reform a relationship with his estranged teenage daughter, who is played by Stranger Things stars Sadie Sink.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and written by Samuel D Hunter, the film delves into the depths of Charlie’s binge-eating disorder, which he started to struggle with after his partner died.
Charlie left his family for his gay lover, ruining the relationship with his former partner and his daughter.
The Whale is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival in August this year.
Fraser rose to fame in the late ’90s and mid-2000s for his roles in George of the Junglethe action-packed The Mummy franchise, Inkheart duck Crash.
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Speaking to Newsweek last year, Fraser said he wasn’t going to give much away about the film
“I’m going to be tight-lipped about it but I can tell you it’s already in the can,” he said.
He also revealed his character had required him to wear heavy makeup and artificial prosthetics.
“The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome,” Fraser told the outlet. “This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done…”
Fans of Fraser were sad to see him leave the acting world for a short time, following a personal tragedy he says caused him to miss out on a number of opportunities and acting jobs.
The actor says he was plunged into a deep depression, alleging he was sexually assaulted by former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Berk at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2003.
His blockbuster movie streak took a tumble after he made these accusations, although he continued to act in some TV series. But now, Fraser’s career is on the rise once again.
According to his IMDb, Fraser has three projects he’s working on in 2022, including The Whale, Killers of the Flower Moonwhich stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro and DC’s upcoming Batgirl where he stars across Leslie Grace.
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