Michael Fassbender & Domhnall Gleeson To Star In Comedic Rock Biopic ‘Frank’
Well, we’ve always said that Michael Fassbender could probably do anything. The chameleonic actor has been a mutant, a robot, an IRA prisoner, a sex addict, a resurrected Nazi ghoul and whatever-the-hell he was in “Jonah Hex.” And while almost all of his performances have had wry strains of humor, he’s never had to be outright funny. Until now. Variety reports that the actor has been cast alongside Domhnall Gleeson (who has a memorable turn in this month’s terrific “Dredd”) in Film4’s comedy “Frank,” to be directed by Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson.
The plot revolves around Gleeson, who plays “an aspiring musician who finds himself in over his head when he joins an eccentric rock band led by Fassbender.” The script, by Peter Straughan and journalist Jon Ronson(whose amazing book “The Men Who Stare At Goats” was made into a lousy movie by George Clooney), was a Brit List entry a few years ago and is loosely based around the life of Chris Sievey, an English musician and comedian who formed the band The Freshies and later performed as the character Frank Sidebottom.