Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Whale’

The Whale Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 2022 Movie on A

The Whale cast features Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink and Hong Chau. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Darren Aronofsky’s 2022 movie on Amazon. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Whale explores the relationship between a morbidly obese man and his teenage daughter. As Charlie teaches online courses, a friend warns him about deadly blood pressure levels. The narrative follows the main protagonist as he tries to salvage relationships while addressing his life decisions. Here’s every actor and character in The Whale, an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 play.

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The Whale Cast: Brendan Fraser as Charlie

The Whale Cast on Amazon - Brendan Fraser as Charlie

Character Profile: An obese English professor who loves the book Moby Dick. He is a gay man who gained weight after the murder of his partner. Charlie tries to repair a damaged relationship with his estranged daughter.

Fraser’s Resume: David Greene in School Ties (1992), Rick O’Connell in The Mummy (1999), Rick in Crash (2004), John Gunther in The Affair (2016-17), Cliff Steele/Robotman in Doom Patrol (2019-)

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The Whale Cast: Sadie Sink as Ellie

The Whale Cast on Amazon - Sadie Sink as Ellie

Character Profile: Charlie’s daughter. She is a stoner who reunites with her father. Ellie agrees to talk with Charlie in exchange for his $120,000 life savings.

Sink’s Resume: Kimberly in Chuck (2016), Max Mayfield in Stranger Things (2017-), Young Lori in The Glass Castle (2017), Haley in Eli (2019), Ziggy Berman in Fear Street: Part Two – 1978 (2021)

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The Whale Cast: Hong Chau as Liz

The Whale Cast on Amazon - Hong Chau as Liz

Character Profile: Charlie’s friend and caretaker. She is the sister of his late partner. Liz explains her story to a New Life missionary.

Chau’s Resume: Ngoc Lan Tran in Downsizing (2017), Jackie in Big Little Lies (2017), Audrey Temple in Homecoming (2018-20), Lady Trieu in Watchmen (2019), Elsa in The Menu (2022)

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The Whale Cast: Ty Simpkins as Thomas

The Whale Cast on Amazon - Ty Simpkins as Thomas

Character Profile: A New Life missionary. He is a former stoner from Waterloo, Iowa. Thomas opens up to Liz about his missionary concerns.

Simpkins’ Resume: Jude Cooper Bauer in Guiding Light (2001-05), Dalton Lambert in Insidious (2010), Harley Keener in the MCU (2013-), Gray in Jurassic World (2015), Adam in Meadowland (2015)

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The Whale Cast: Samantha Morton as Mary

The Whale Cast on Amazon - Samantha Morton as Mary

Character Profile: Charlie’s ex-wife. She misses his cooking and gets annoyed by positivity. Mary believes that Ellie is evil.

Morton’s Resume: Agatha in Minority Report (2002), Hazel in Synecdoche, New York (2008), Vija Kinsky in Cosmopolis (2012), Catherine de Medici in The Serpent Queen (2022), Zelda Perkins in She Said (2022)

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The Whale cast also includes:

  • Sathya Sridharan as Dan the Pizza Man
  • Jacey Sink as Young Ellie

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.