The Whale, Starring Brenden Fraser, is Set to Premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Brendan Fraser is set to star in the latest Darren Aronofsky film, The Whale. The director is known for his previous work on Requiem for a Dream, Black Swam, and Mother!. Fraser rose to stardom with his take on Rick O’ Connell in the early 2000s The Mummy films; however, the actor has appeared in over 50 movies spanning over three decades.

The Whale, which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this September, according to IndieWire, is Fraser’s first film since the 2021 movie No Sudden Move. The movie follows a reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity as he attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. The film is an adaptation of a play of the same name by Samuel D. Hunter. We get our first look at Fraser as Charlie thanks to a tweet from DiscussingFilm.


The Whale stars Sadie Sink alongside Fraser, with Samantha Morton, Ty Simpkins, Hong Chau, Huck Milner, Sathya Sridharan, and Ryan Heinke joining the cast. Aronofsky will direct and produce the film, with the playwright Hunter writing the script. Jeremy Dawson and Ari Handel will also produce, with Tyson Bidner in the EP position. There’s currently no worldwide release date available, however, the film is currently in post-production with the Venice Film Festival debut set for September, meaning we may see The Whale release in late 2022 or early 2023.

Sadie Sink Says The Whale Was a Small Production

Sadie Sink is known for her role as Max Mayfield in Stranger Things and Ziggy Berman in the Fear Street trilogy. The actress, who could easily be labeled a rising star in the industry, shared her excitement for The Whale with Collider and discussed its similarity to the play that came before it.

“Probably this movie that hasn’t come out yet. It’s called The Whale and Darren Aronofsky directed it, Brendan Fraser’s in it. It was a really small cast and a small set, and we had a whole three weeks of rehearsal and Darren kind of wanted to treat it as if it were a play, because The Whale originally was a play. The way he staged it and the way we rehearsed it, the same as you would do in a theater company, he taped the walls of the set and everything so that we could rehearse in a mock space I guess.”

Since Fraser’s character won’t be moving around much, according to the synopsis, there wasn’t a need for a very large set. So instead, audiences should expect an intimate, character-driven story with The Whale, focusing on the connection between a father and daughter. Look for early reviews to start pouring in following the Venice Film Festival, and watch out for The Whale in theaters sometime in the next few months.