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Whether your favorite season is awards season or you're a super-fan of The Mummy, a buzzy new movie should be on your radar. The Whale, starring '90s fave Brendan Fraser, is out this month, and Brendan's name is already being thrown around in pre-Oscars convos. That's right: a potential Academy Award for the George of the Jungle!
The movie from director Darren Aronofsky is about a reclusive man named Charlie (aka Brendan) trying to rebuild his relationship with Ellie, his estranged teenage daughter. Ellie is played by Stranger Things and All Too Well: The Short Film star Sadie Sink.
If you're interested in checking out The Whale yourself and seeing if Brendan is your best actor of the year, read on to find out how and when you can catch it.
How is The Whale being released?
The Whale will hit theaters in the U.S. this Friday, December 9. The movie first premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2022. Find tickets for a theater near you below:
Can I watch The Whale at home?
When The Whale is released on December 9, it will only be available to view in theaters, not online for streaming or on demand just yet.
But it's likely that the psychological drama will be available to rent or buy online a couple of months after its release (which is pretty standard for movies from its distributor, A24). As for what platform it might stream on, over two dozen A24 films landed on HBO Max in August, but they were from past years. So maybe eventually The Whale will find a home on HBO Max, but that's just a guess until the streamer confirms it outright.
Long story short: If you watch to watch The Whale now, you'll have to go to the movie theater. If you can wait ~two months or so, you'll likely be able to pay to watch it on demand. And if you want to stream The Whale, there's no word yet on a feasible game plan but you're clearly not here for the Brendan Frasaissance. (Okay, so it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue like the McConaissance or Lohanissance, but what can ya do?)
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