Brendan Fraser Stars In A24’s New Trailer “The Whale” 

The Whale, Darren Aronofsky’s forthcoming film, has received a new trailer from A24. Brendan Fraser’s performance in the film made ripples on the festival circuit earlier this year.

According to the official synopsis, Fraser plays a “reclusive English teacher who strives to reunite with his estranged teenage daughter.”

“I developed muscles I did not know I had,” Fraser said at the Venice Film Festival, as noted by Variety. “I even felt a sense of vertigo at the end of the day when all the appliances were removed; it was like stepping off the dock onto a boat in Venice. That [sense of] undulating. It gave me appreciation for those whose bodies are similar. You need to be an incredibly strong person, mentally and physically, to inhabit that physical being.”

While Fraser’s performance has warranted critical praise, many have complained about him being neither gay nor obese yet playing a character who is both.

“There was a chapter in the making of this film where we tried to research actors with obesity,” Aronofsky said in response to the backlash. “Outside of not being able to find an actor who could pull off the emotions of the role, it just becomes a crazy chase. Like, if you can’t find a 600-pound actor, is a 300-pound actor or 400-pound actor enough?”

In addition to Brendan Fraser, the film stars Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 9. It will be Aronofsky’s first feature film since 2017’s Mother!

Check out the trailer for The Whale below.

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