Darren Aronofsky is looking to return behind the camera for the first time since his 2017 film mother!, bringing an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s stage play The Whale to the big screen. Deadline reports that A24 is producing the project alongside Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures.
Hunter is adapting his play for the screen, telling the story of a 600lb. father who has isolated from the world is now trying to reconnect with his estranged and abrasive teenage daughter, which suggests shades of Aronofsky’s The Wrestler.
In a bit of a surprise casting choice, Brendan Fraser is being eyed to play the father, while the daughter has yet to be cast. Fraser faded from the spotlight after being a major star in the late 1990s, and could make a big return here, maybe even attaining his first Oscar nod. His most recent noteworthy role was in Danny Boyle’s FX miniseries Trust.
Aronofsky, of course, has directed several actors to awards attention, most notably getting a win for Natalie Portman in Black Swan. While mother! proved too polarizing for audiences, garnering a rare F CinemaScore, perhaps The Whale could bring him back into good graces. Stay tuned…