The Mummys Brendan Fraser unrecognisable as 42st man in new film The Whale

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Brendan Fraser has undergone a major transformation for his upcoming movie, The Whale.

The actor, 53, became a Hollywood heartthrob after starring in films such as George of the Jungle and The Mummy, but now looks worlds away from the roles that made him famous.

In the first look at Darren Aronofsky's The Whale, Fraser has significantly transformed in order to play an obese man.

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The drama film follows Fraser's character Charlie, who struggles to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter after walking out on his family for his gay lover.

Speaking about the project last year during an interview with Unilad, the actor explained his transformation process was far from simple, admitting it was "extensive" and "cumbersome".

He told the publication: "It’s gonna be like something you haven’t seen before. That’s really all I can tell you… The wardrobe and costume was extensive, seamless, cumbersome."

The Inkheart star added: "This is certainly far removed from anything I’ve ever done but not to be coy… I do know it’s going to make a lasting impression."

Fraser had a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh's No Sudden Move released in 2021, however The Whale marks his first leading role in almost a decade.

The upcoming film also features Stranger Things star Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton and Jurassic World actor Ty Simpkins.

Sadie, 20, revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that she's found a new "favourite human" after working closely with Fraser.

Speaking about the project, she said: "I don't think I'd ever done a project that had that much character work.

"[Director] Darren Aronofsky is obviously brilliant, and working with him was a really formative experience, and Brendan is so incredible in it, and also just probably my favourite human on the planet.

"It was so amazing having that experience with him. I learned a lot about myself as an actress, and tapped into a side of things that I hadn't really explored before."

The Whale will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2022.

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