Everyone loves a Hollywood comeback story, and Brendan Fraser has given us one that keeps getting better and better. Earlier this year, he delivered some fine work for Steven Soderbergh in No Sudden Move, and now he’s landed another choice gig with a treasure of the American cinema.
Martin Scorsese has tapped Fraser for a role in his upcoming western Killers of the Flower Moon, now in the thick of shooting in Oklahoma. An exclusive from Deadline confirms that the actor will appear alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in the forthcoming period piece as a lawyer by the name of WS Hamilton.
The Deadline item also included news of another job for Fraser in Brothers, the new film from Palm Springs director Max Barbakow. The specific nature of his character was not revealed in the report, but he’ll costar with Peter Dinklage, Josh Brolin, and Glenn Close. Who among them will be the titular brothers? Only time will tell.
Fraser’s been on something of a hot streak lately, having filmed a key part as an obese shut-in for Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale not so long ago. A handful of name-brand auteurs have gotten wise to a stoic world-weariness in Fraser’s face honed over time, absent from his earlier work in the blockbuster circuit.
Fraser’s an illustration of the long and unlikely paths that a tenacious actor can travel, his years in the biz having taken him from the likes of The Mummy and George of the Jungle to an appearance in a Scorsese epic. After surviving an ordeal no one should have to, his success is just that much more inspiring.
Published 3 Aug 2021
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