Though it was something we once feared would become the case, the idea of a depressed, morbidly obese Brendan Fraser eating himself to death on his couch has recently become a pretty appealing idea. Thank Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale for that. Here’s the first trailer!
Based on MacArthur-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s play of the same name, the film sees Fraser as a big boy of a gay recluse who’s visited by a Mormon missionary, an atheist nurse, and his own estranged teenage daughter. And—in case you missed it—its Venice Film Festival premiere ended in a six-minute standing ovation that left Fraser in tears. It’s a drama that will have us crying for Fraser; cheering for Fraser; and, perhaps later, starting a petition for Fraser’s hometown of Indianapolis to erect a Monkeybone statue.
The Whale hits theaters December 9.