Brendan Fraser Is Making His Own Lost In Translation

By Britta DeVore | Published

Brendan Fraser

2022 was the year of the comeback for Brendan Fraser after the actor returned to Hollywood, starred in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, and wound up nabbing the Academy Award for Best Actor. Now the actor is all set with his next project as he’s been cast in Searchlight Pictures’ Rental Family. Directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki, who goes by Hikari, the comedy-drama has yet to announce more cast members, but with Fraser in the lead, it’s off to a great start.

Rental Family is set to begin filming in Japan in the upcoming spring and will center around a washed-up actor living in Tokyo. Taking any job available to make ends meet, the man (presumably played by Brendan Fraser) takes a gig working for a Japanese stand-in rental company where he fills the void of the American actor they’re looking for. 

Those who have tuned in for Netflix’s Beef will recognize Hikari’s work as a director in the series and, along with helming Rental Family, she’s also producing and co-penning the script with Stephen Blahut. As of right now, Brendan Fraser’s next feature hasn’t set a release date.

Brendan Fraser in The Whale
Brendan Fraser in The Whale

After winning the Academy Award for Best Actor and making an unimaginable comeback to the sets of Hollywood, Brendan Fraser has been a buzzy choice for directors looking to add the talented actor to their call sheets. Most recently, he appeared opposite Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro, and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. The movie marked his first supporting role since his big win on Oscar night.

Before Rental Family makes it onto screens around the world, audiences can expect to see Brendan Fraser in another supporting role in Max Barbakow’s comedy, Brothers. Starring as the titular duo will be Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage with Brendan Fraser joining an ensemble cast that also includes the likes of Glenn Close and Taylour Paige. 

The road to mega-success has been a long one for Brendan Fraser who was a staple in ‘90s films like George of the Jungle and The Mummy franchise. Unbeknownst to his fans at the time, the actor was suffering in these roles not only mentally but also physically as he’s gone on record to speak out about how much bodily damage he went through, specifically on the set of The Mummy films. Taking a step away from the spotlight, the last two decades have seen Fraser take on smaller roles, but mostly steering away from the world of Hollywood and taking time for himself. 

The Mummy
Brendan Fraser in The Mummy

When it was announced that he would appear in Darren Aronofsky’s latest drama, The Whale, audiences were thrilled to see that Brendan Fraser was giving his craft another shot. Starring as a morbidly obese English professor, Fraser’s character deeply wants to get back in good standing with his teenage daughter (Sadie Sink). The film re-introduced an unrecognizable Fraser to the world and reignited the world’s deep love for the humble and soft-spoken actor.

If anyone in Hollywood deserves to continue to be on a roll following such an incredible Oscar win, it’s Brendan Fraser. We’re so happy to hear that we’ll see him starring in a project again soon and will keep our readers updated with new information as it comes in.