Brendan Fraser lands next lead movie role playing a 600-pound man

Rianne Houghton
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Forget The Mummy and any additional reboot plans, because Brendan Fraser has signed on as the lead role for an upcoming project with Darren Aronofsky – and it sounds very interesting indeed.

Hoping to recreate the successes of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan rather than the divisive mother!, Aronofsky is adapting playwright Samuel D Hunter's The Whale for the big screen, with Fraser – last seen in DC's Doom Patrol – as the star, according to reports.

First debuting on stage in 2012, The Whale tells the story of a 600-pound man who is eating himself to death, isolated and reclusive in rural Idaho. Literally and figuratively heavy, the play follows Charlie as he attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.

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Hunter has adapted the original script, telling Deadline that the process has been "a real labour of love".

"This story is deeply personal and I'm very thankful it will have the chance to reach a wider audience," he said in a statement.

"I've been a fan of Darren's ever since I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was a college freshman writing my first plays, and I'm so grateful that he's bringing his singular talent and vision to this film."

Something tells us that The Whale is one to keep an eye on.

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