See Brendan Fraser Reunite With His Mummy Co-Star
Brendan Fraser has an emotional reunion with his The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor co-star Michelle Yeoh at the Toronto International Film Festival.
If you were looking for more wholesome Brendan Fraser content, look no further. During the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the actor, who has recently been poised to make a comeback (despite the untimely cancellation of Batgirl) starring in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, met back up with Michelle Yeoh who he had previously starred alongside in the third movie of The Mummy franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. The photos, which you can see above were shared to A24’s Twitter account and depict the two stars sharing a touching moment.
The first image is simple enough. Standing side by side and dressed to the nines, the old friends and co-stars strike a regular pose while flashing smiles at the camera. But, the second photo brings tears to our eyes as a proud Michelle Yeoh holds Brendan Fraser’s cheeks in her hands, obviously happy to see her friend back in business. Warming hearts everywhere, the caption simply reads, “Brendan and Michelle.”
In 2008, the Journey to the Center of the Earth and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon stars appeared opposite one another in what would be the third and final film of The Mummy series. The feature left Egypt and dropped viewers in China where the movie, which also starred Jet Li, centered around the backstory of the Terracotta Army. When the mixed reviews rolled in and a good, but not great box office total was calculated, The Mummy franchise was wrapped and buried for good.
While notoriously nice guy Brendan Fraser’s career began a downward spiral around this time, due to the negative bodily effects of performing in so many action movies, Michelle Yeoh continued to be a staple in Hollywood. From the animated Kung Fu Panda 2 to Crazy Rich Asians and Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Yeoh’s career has been on an upwards trajectory. Most recently, she starred in the fan and critic favorite universe bending A24 feature, Everything Everywhere All At Once.
While it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Brendan Fraser grace our screens with his top tier acting chops, it seems all that is about to change. With The Whale making all of its film festival stops, the actor has been thrown back into the limelight, with many cheering on his return. Just last week at the Venice Film Festival, the Blast from the Past star was honored with a six-minute standing ovation that left not one dry eye in the room – including Fraser himself.
After the film’s credits rolled, the audience went absolutely wild, cheering and clapping for the actor and the rest of those involved in Aronofsky’s newest production. A humble man, Brendan Fraser tried to depart the stage only to stick around because of the audience’s response.
Along with The Whale, Brendan Fraser was set to star in the new Batgirl film that was recently canceled by Warner Bros. Discovery. During a recent chat with Variety, Fraser poured praise onto his co-star and the woman who would have led as the titular character, Leslie Grace, saying the actress was “a dynamo.” A man of the fans, he also acknowledged the let down that the fandom was certain to be feeling after waiting so long for the feature to be made.
While Batgirl was put back on the shelf, we’re still thinking that this next year will be a time for Brendan Fraser to shine. The actor already has two more roles lined up, one in Martin Scorsese’s Western crime drama, Killers of the Flower Moon, and another in Max Barbakow’s comedy, Brothers. We’re cheering you on, Brendan!