Brendan Fraser’s career comeback role, which got audiences on their feet at the Venice and Toronto premieres, dominates the moody trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s The whale prior to a December 9 release by A24.
The film’s central performance by Fraser as a 600-pound teacher—a gigantic body aided on set by a mix of latex suit and digital prosthetics—eaten itself to death centers the trailer.
As his health crisis quickly drains his life, in the short teaser Fraser asks the question, “Do you ever feel like people are incapable of not caring?” As he searches for redemption in The whalefriends and family try to support Fraser’s withdrawn nature and also exploit his good nature.
“People are great,” adds a defiant Fraser in a standout performance that has earned the attention of the awards season.
A household name in the 1990s and early 2000s for major films, including: the mummy franchise, George of the Jungle and more dramatic titles like CrashHis star turn in Aronofsky’s latest drama marked a return to the limelight for Fraser.
The whale is an adaptation of a play of the same title by Samuel D. Hunter. Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins and Samantha Morton also star.