Samuel D. Hunter Writing Movie Adaptation of The Whale

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Darren Aronofsky will direct with Brendan Fraser attached to star.

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter is adapting his 2012 play The Whale for the screen, with Oscar nominee Darren Aronofsky (mother!) attached to direct and Brendan Fraser starring. Deadline reports A24 will produce and distribute worldwide.

The story follows a reclusive online writing instructor who, weighing in at 600 pounds, lives marooned on a couch. Redemption may be within reach as he tries to reconnect with his estranged, sharp-tongued daughter.

The Whale debuted in January 2012 at Denver Centre Theatre Company before heading Off-Broadway later that year at Playwrights Horizons, where it took home the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play and the GLAAD Media Award for New York Theatrical Production, in addition to earning a Special Drama Desk Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre. The play subsequently crossed the pond for a run at Theatre Royal Bath in 2018.

Tony Winner Shuler Hensley Is 600-Pound Man in NYC Premiere of The Whale

Tony Winner Shuler Hensley Is 600-Pound Man in NYC Premiere of The Whale

Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley stars in the New York City premiere of Obie Award winner Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale, about a 600-pound man trying to reclaim his life, beginning Oct. 12 at Playwrights Horizons. Read the Playbill.com story.

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Shuler Hensley and Cory Michael Smith


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Shuler Hensley and Cassie Beck

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Cory Michael Smith and Reyna de Courcy

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Tasha Lawrence and Shuler Hensley

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Shuler Hensley

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Tasha Lawrence, Cory Michael Smith, Cassie Beck and Shuler Hensley


Tasha Lawrence, Cory Michael Smith, Cassie Beck and Shuler Hensley

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Cory Michael Smith

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Shuler Hensley

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Reyna de Courcy

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