Brendan Fraser was quite simply one of the biggest stars of the 1990’s and 2000’s. He made 22 movies ranging from comedies like Encino Man and Blast From The Past through action blockbuster franchises like The Mummy movies, all the way up to awards bait like Gods And Monsters and The Quiet American.

The figures, including The Mummy franchise, show he was one of the most bankable stars of the period. Tall, handsome, likeable with matinee idol charm, he seemed to have it all.

Then, just like that, he disappeared.

Some speculated he was just tired of Hollywood. Others said a couple of poor performing movies had simply knocked him off his stride. However the reality was darker than that. He claimed to have been sexually assaulted by a senior Hollywood press figure at an event. The assault, and his subsequent decision to go public, is thought by many to be behind moves to blacklist him in Hollywood. This led to depression. Another victim of the Hollywood nest of vipers.

Well he’s not taking anymore! He’s been getting good notices for his TV work, including a lot of buzz for his work as Robotman in DC’s Doom Patrol. He’s coming back to the big screen with a major role in the latest work from Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky – The Whale.

According to Deadline, The Whale will be produced by independent production company A24 and Fraser will play the lead. The Whale is based on the 2012 play of the same name by Samuel D. Hunter. The subject matter is extremely dark. According to the blurb:

“In a run-down apartment in rural Idaho, surrounded by screens and food containers, a six-hundred pound recluse doggedly and determinedly eats himself to death.

As he inches closer and closer the inevitable, his friend Liz, a cynical atheist nurse, and Elder Thomas, a young, hopeful Mormon missionary both attempt to find in Charlie the will to be saved, physically and spiritually.

However, it is only Charlie’s estranged teenage daughter, the acerbic and bitter Ellie, who can make him see any kind of future beyond his current despair. In Ellie’s words — stunningly honest, despite her constant barbs — Charlie finds one last chance for redemption, and perhaps even a bit of hope.

So no undead Egyptians then? Not exactly bright and uplifting, however you can’t help but want Fraser to nail something like this and get back in the saddle. Also, any man who stars in a movie that brings us Liz Hurley looking like this (from Bedazzled) automatically has a “Get Out Of Hollywood Jail Free” card from where we are standing!

Welcome back Brendan!