'Sign me up': Brendan Fraser open to return to 'The Mummy' franchise for a fourth installment
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Brendan Fraser surprised the audience when he made his comeback with 'The Whale' in which he portrayed the character of a 600 pound teacher, Charlie. However, it makes everyone flashback to Fraser's prime time when he starred as the protagonist in 'The Mummy' film franchise. 'The Mummy' debuted in 1999, it largely helped catapult rising star Fraser into a household name. Through its memorable action and comic relief, the series saw multiple sequels and various spinoffs. However, Fraser’s last involvement came in 2008 with the third mainline film.
On the other hand, Fraser's 'The Whale' which is helmed by Darren Aronofsky, received polarized reviews from critics, though the cast's performances (particularly Fraser and Hong Chau) were praised. That is not all, Fraser's performance also earned him nominations for Best Actor at the 80th Golden Globe Awards and the 28th Critics' Choice Awards.
In a sit-down interview with Pete Hammond of Deadline, Fraser assured he’s more than open to starring in 'The Mummy' franchise once again.
He said, “Gosh, I don’t know any juicy details about it,” he joked. “But it’s kind of an open-ended question for some time now. I’m not opposed to it. I don’t know an actor that doesn’t want a job. I don’t think I’ve been this famous and unsalaried at the same time in my professional life, so sign me up.”
“I don’t really have any specific designs on what I want to do next, but I do know that at the ripe old age of 54, it should be something I care about,” he continued. “I’m starting to feel that there really is a sense of permanency in what we do. It really can reach people in a way that can change how they see the world.”
Regardless, 'The Whale' is based on a screenplay by Samuel D. Hunter, adapting his 2012 play of the same name. Apart from Chau and Fraser, the film also stars Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins and Samantha Morton. The storyline of the film revolves around a morbidly obese and reclusive English teacher, Charlie, (Fraser) who tries to restore his relationship with his teenage daughter, Ellie (Sink).
'The Whale' was released on December 9, 2022.