The Whale Release Date is Confirmed: Does Brendan Fraser Makes a Comeback?


Brendan Fraser was a legitimate movie star in the 1990s, but he has fallen off the radar in the twenty-first century. That appears to be changing with the release of The Whale, a new drama starring Fraser from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

The Whale, based on Samuel D. Hunter‘s (Baskets) play, is gaining Oscar buzz for Fraser’s physical change, but what else do you need to know about this new film? Let’s go through the important details.

Brief Information About the Whale

Name The Whale 
Directed By Darren Aronofsky
Written By Samuel D. Hunter
Genre Psychological Drama
The Whale Release Date  December 9, 2022

What is the Expected Premiere Date of the Whale?

The Whale was recently announced as having a wider release date of Friday, December 9, 2022, just in time for what is sure to be a competitive awards season.

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The Whale’s festival run also begins soon, with an official premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 4. The film was also screened at the Austin Film Festival prior to its release.

Along with making the festival circuit, the film’s early buzz has already earned Brendan Fraser the TIFF Tribute Award, which bodes well for The Whale‘s award show prospects.

Cast and Characters of the Whale

An intriguing cast joins Brendan Fraser in The Whale to bring the acclaimed play to the big screen. Ellie, Charlie‘s estranged daughter, will be played by Sadie Sink.

The young American actress is most recognized for her role in Stranger Things as Max Mayfield. She has also appeared in Fear Street Part Two: 1978 and Fear Street Part Three: 1666 on Netflix, as well as Destin Daniel Cretton‘s thriller The Glass Castle.

Hong Chau will play Charlie’s friend Liz, a jaded and atheist nurse. Chau has been in a number of critically praised programmes, including Big Little Lies, Homecoming, and Watchmen.

Chau was nominated for a Golden Globe for her supporting role in Alexander Payne‘s Downsizing. Samantha Morton, an Oscar nominee, will play Charlie’s ex-wife Mary.

Morton is a force to be reckoned with, having appeared in a number of outstanding films over her career, including Minority Report, In America, and Sweet and Lowdown.

What Could Be the Expected Storyline of the Whale?

Charlie is an English teacher in Idaho who is very obese. Charlie‘s girth has limited his range of motion, and he expresses his passion for literature (especially within his favorite work, Moby Dick) fully virtually from his own couch.

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Charlie is morbidly obese, but he is also depressed to the point of suicidality, as he is literally trying to eat himself to death. The only thing keeping Charlie from accomplishing this aim sooner is a desire to reunite with his teenage daughter, Ellie (Sadie Sink).

Charlie seemed to have accepted the truth that he doesn’t have much time left on Earth, despite his attempts to speed up the process by overeating.

However, with the assistance of Ellie, Charlie’s caregiver and closest friend Liz (Hong Chau), and a Mormon missionary named Thomas, Charlie may be able to rediscover the source of meaning and happiness that he has been missing for so long.

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Is There Any Official Trailer of the Whale?

A24 has released the first official trailer for The Whale, opting for the “less is more” approach. The Whale trailer is only about a minute long, with the majority of it consisting of cast text and critical acclaim.

Despite this, we do get a few good shots of Brendan Fraser in character and him delivering a hopeful message. Watch the trailer for The Whale below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Film the Whale Based on a Play?

The Whale is based on Samuel D. Hunter‘s off-Broadway play of the same name, which he also penned the script for.

Where Can We See the Whale?

You can watch Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video using a streaming service.

Is Brendan Fraser Planning a Comeback via the Whale?

Brendan Fraser‘s controversial return performance is revealed in the Whale teaser. Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, and Ty Simpkins all appear in the film.

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