The Whale

(2023)

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February 16, 2023

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Synopsis

Charlie is middle-aged, 600-pounds, and dying alone in his house. An online English teacher by profession, the solitary and stoic figure is looking for one last connection with his estranged daughter. But children are rarely what their parents want them to be. Ellie is a teen, rebellious and bitter toward her father, who didn’t just abandon her but the whole family when he left. Now, as he eats himself to death in a pit of helpless depression, Charlie must turn back to those he left behind. With a handful of friends trying to pull him back from the brink, Charlie must learn what it means to have hope again if he is to find his elusive redemption.

What to know

The Whale is an upcoming psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky. Often considered a master of the surreal, Aronofsky trades the scale of previous productions like Noah and mother! for a more intimate and stripped-back cinematic experience. The film takes place in a single location and is predominantly naturalistic marking quite the change for the director. In another first for him, The Whale is an adaptation of a play. Both stage and screenplay were written by McArthur Genius, Samuel D. Hunter. The story has been under consideration for adaptation since the director first saw the play live in 2012. Working behind the camera is long-time and trusted cinematographer Matthew Libatique.

Starring in the lead role is Brendan Fraser, who was the perfect pick for the lead, Charlie. Darren Aronofsky suggested that he waited to find the right actor to play the role and eventually landed on Fraser as the person. Opposite him is Hong Chau, known for her work in Watchmen and Downsizing, playing Liz, a nurse and best friend to Charlie. His estranged daughter, Ellie is played by Sadie Sink while Samantha Morton plays his ex-wife Mary. Sathya Sridharan is Dan, the pizza delivery worker and Ty Simpkins of Insidious fame is a religious missionary named Thomas.

Where to stream

The Whale is set to be released in cinemas on December 9, 2022. It has no confirmed streaming partner as of yet.

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • January 11, 2021: Darren Aronofksy and A24 announce their first collaboration. The movie will star Brendan Fraser and is based on The Whale, a work by the MacArthur-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter. The announcement confirms that Hunter will be helping in adapting the play to screen. (Source: Deadline)
  • February 10, 2021: Hong Chau is cast in the female lead role to play opposite Brendan Fraser. (Source: Deadline)
  • March 4, 2021: Ty Simpkins is confirmed to have signed on to the film with Samantha Morton and Sadie Sink also in negotiations to round out the cast. (Source: Deadline)
  • March 8, 2021: The film goes into production with a confirmation of the official synopsis. An obese recluse is in hiding while also desperate to reconnect with his estranged daughter.(Source: Production List)
  • June 22, 2021: In an interview, Brendan Fraser confirms that The Whale has finished shooting. He commented briefly on the costume, wardrobe, and prosthetics used for his character. (Source: Newsweek)
  • September 4, 2022: The Whale was premiered at the Venice Film Festival to a six-minute standing ovation and the vision of a teary-eyed lead actor Brendan Fraser.(Source: Variety)
  • September 11, 2022: Brendan Fraser accepted the TIFF Tribute Award at the Toronto International Film Festival for his performance in The Whale. (Source: Rolling Stone)

The Whale will be available to stream from February 16, 2023. The streaming service that will include The Whale in its media library is still unknown, but you can stay updated by tracking this movie on JustWatch.