Brendan Fraser transforms into a 600-pound man in the first image from ‘The Whale’

Brendan Fraser is finally starring in a new movie.

A24 released a first image of Darren Aronofskys upcoming drama “The Whale” on Tuesday. Fraser stars in the film as an obese man who struggles to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter, played by Sadie Sink from “Stranger Things”.

“The Whale” will debut at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, which begins August 31, according to a tweet from the production studio.

Joining Fraser and Sink in the cast are Hong Chau, Samantha Morton and Ty Simpkins.

“It will be like something you’ve never seen before,” Fraser told Unilad in 2021 about his performance in “The Whale”. “That’s really all I can tell you.”

In an interview with Newsweek the same year, Fraser said, “The wardrobe and the costume were expansive, seamless, cumbersome. It’s certainly a far cry from anything I’ve ever done, but don’t be shy…I know it’s going to make a lasting impression.

Fraser was a major star in the 1990s and early 2000s – leading the ‘Mummy’ franchise and ‘George of the Jungle’ in 1997 – before his career began to decline amid a series of personal struggles.

Fraser as Rick O’Connell in “The Mummy Returns” in 2001.

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In a 2018 QG profile, Fraser said his body began to deteriorate after having to undergo multiple surgeries due to action sequences in several of his films. He divorced his wife Afton Smith in 2008 and his mother died in 2016.

But Fraser suggested the thing that really upset him and led to his absence from the spotlight was an incident in the summer of 2003, in which Fraser said Philip Berk, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association , sexually assaulted him.

“I felt sick. I felt like a little kid,” Fraser said of the alleged incident. “I felt like I had a lump in my throat. I thought I was going to cry. »

Fans, however, haven’t forgotten about Fraser, and during an online “Mummy” fan meet last year, he got a little emotional when he learned that people on Twitter wanted his back to the big screen.

“There are so many people who love you,” co-host and Fraser fan Lindley Key told her. “And we’ve got your back, and we can’t wait to see what you do next.”

Fraser’s exposure has risen again in recent years – starting with a supporting role in 2016’s “The Affair” Season 3, and a starring role in “Doom Patrol” for DC Universe and HBO Max onwards. of 2019. Last year, he had a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh’s “No Sudden Move,” but “The Whale” will mark his official return as a lead actor in a film.

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