The first trailer for the much-anticipated new film from Darren Aronovsky, 'The Whale, has released.
In the trailer for the film helmed by the 'Mother!' director, we see Brendan Fraser as a 600-pound English teacher who tries to re-reconnect with his daughter (Sadie Sink).
The short trailer doesn't reveal much of the plot, but shows us glimpses of Fraser in full prosthetics and dream-like scenes on a beach. Written by Samuel D. Hunter, 'The Whale' also stars Samantha Morton, Ty Simpkins, Hong Chau, Huck Milner, Sathya Sridharan, and Ryan Heinke.
Aronofsky said that finding a perfect actor for the role was difficult, but after his first meeting with Fraser, he knew he had found his guy.
"I knew he could play someone who most people would start off by dismissing, but within five minutes they’d start to feel something for him. Then, within 20 minutes, they’re starting to fall in love with the character, because there’s just something about Brendan. Pretty soon, he starts to break your heart."
The film received a six-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival where it premiered earlier this year. During the applause, Fraser was seen to be visibly moved by the reaction. He later won the Tribute Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The 53-year-old said the role gave him an "appreciation for those whose bodies are similar. You need to be an incredibly strong person, mentally and physically, to inhabit that physical being."
Fraser, who is hotly-tipped for an Oscar for the upcoming performance, is making his way back into Hollywood with a series of upcoming projects after a decade away from the spotlight. He is set to star in Martin Scorsese's upcoming 'Killers of the Flower Moon'. He also featured in the cancelled 'Batgirl' film.
Check out the trailer below.
'The Whale' hits cinemas on December 9.