Charlie is alone. After leaving his wife and daughter for his recently-deceased partner Alan, Charlie is nearly 600 pounds and a prisoner inside his own home that he never leaves. He teaches an online essay writing course with the camera turned off. A local missionary and a nurse, Liz, are the only people he sees. And he has a week to live. With a transformative — literally and figuratively — performance, Brendan Fraiser stars as Charlie in The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film premieres in theaters this December.