Darren Aronofsky’s new A24 film is about a 600lb recluse


by Roisin Lanigan
12 January 2021, 11:43am

Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky -- of ass to ass fame -- is not a man who makes particularly upbeat or whimsical films. So the fact that his newest project with A24 sounds a little gloomy is perhaps to be expected. And by a little, we mean Brendan Fraser starring as a 600lb man who is living as a recluse and slowly eating himself to death. 

The Whale is based on a 2012 critically-acclaimed theatre production of the same name from MacArthur-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter. It tells the poignant but undeniably depressing story of an obese online writing instructor who lives his life on one couch and is struggling to reconnect with his estranged daughter. 

“Adapting my play into a screenplay has been a real labour of love,” Hunter told Deadline. “This story is deeply personal and I’m very thankful it will have the chance to reach a wider audience. 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.”

It’ll be Darren Aronofsky’s first directorial feature release since 2017’s Mother! But, other than Brendan Fraser -- from The Mummy! -- as the lead role, not much else is known about the film. With most of us still trapped inside our homes and stuck to the sofa, it sounds like it’s both a claustrophobic and prescient choice.