The last several years have been good to Brendan Fraser on the television front thanks to his roles as James Fletcher Chase in the FX limited series Trust and Cliff Steele/Robotman in HBO Max’s Doom Patrol. But lately, Fraser’s also had a solid run with movies too. He recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move, he was added to the cast of Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming movie The Whale and now it’s been announced that he’ll be taking part in two more movies, including Martin Scorsese’s next flick, Killers of the Flower Moon.
Scorsese’s follow-up to Netflix’s The Irishman that’s based on the same-named nonfiction book by David Grann announced most of its casting news earlier this year, with principal photography kicking off on April 19. The last big update on that front was in June, but today word’s come in that Brendan Fraser has joined Killers of the Flower Moon, so he’ll be performing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio (who’s also producing), Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons and Lily Gladstone, among others. Dune’s Eric Roth wrote the screenplay.
Set in 1920s Oklahoma, Killers of the Flower Moon follows the F.B.I.’s investigation into the murders of several members of the wealthy Osage Tribe. Fraser is reportedly set to play attorney W.S. Hamilton, so count on him taking part in the courtroom portion of this movie. Unlike No Sudden Move, which premiered exclusively on HBO Max, Killers of the Flower Moon will be released both on streaming and in theaters, with Apple TV+ filling in the former category and Paramount Pictures distributing the movie to big screens worldwide.
Deadline also reported that Brendan Fraser has been brought aboard for the comedy movie Brothers, which is being directed by Palm Springs’ Max Barbakow. No plot details for this project have been revealed yet, including who Fraser is playing, but it is currently filming in Atlanta and the cast includes Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin, with the latter two also producing. Macon Blair and Etan Cohen wrote the Brothers script.
Between these two new movies, his role in No Sudden Move and his forthcoming appearance in The Whale, Brendan Fraser’s film career is certainly in a resurgence. From 1999 to 2008, Brendan Fraser starred as Rick O’Connell in The Mummy franchise (which the actor has expressed interest in returning to, provided it has the “essential ingredient”), and his other notable cinematic credits include Encino Man, George of the Jungle, Dudley Do-Right and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. However, due to a variety of reasons, including being in and out of hospitals for years and dealing with the aftermath of being allegedly sexually assaulted, Fraser’s Hollywood profile diminished, but it’s nice to see him finding work on so many major big and small screen projects lately.