Maggie Gyllenhaal is to star in the comedy Frank.
The cast list was leaked by New Mexico newspaper The Albuquerque Business First after they spotted Gyllenhaal’s name on a local announcement, although it’s not yet clear what part that she will play.
The Lenny Abrahamson-directed project also stars Michael Fassbender and has been written by Jon Ronson, author of ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ and ‘The Psychopath Test’, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy writer Peter Straughan.
Abrahamson’s previous works include Adam And Paul, Garage and What Richard Did. Scoot McNairy, who appeared in In Search Of A Midnight Kiss, will also star.
[em]Frank[/em] tells the story of a young musician played by Domhnall Gleeson, son of Brendan, most famous for appearing in Anna Karenina. He joins a band led by oddball frontman Frank (Fassbender). Filming will being in New Mexico and Dublin later this year
The film is based on the fictional antics of the late musician and comedian Chris Sievey, once frontman of punk band The Freshlies, but better known as Timperley’s favourite son Frank Sidebottom. Ronson was formerly a member of Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band, and said he was “thrilled” the project was going ahead with such “amazing people” attached to it.
He also described Frank as “a fictional story inspired by great outsider musicians like Frank Sidebottom, Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.”
The erection of a statue of Sidebottom in his adopted hometown of Timperley, Greater Manchester, has been given the go-ahead. It is scheduled to be unveiled on April 1, Frank’s nominal birthday.