Fassbender To Rock Out In Comedy
The actor’s attached to play an eccentric rocker.
While Michael Fassbender’s onscreen roles – which have recently included an uptight psychiatrist and an emotionally crippled sex addict – may not exactly be of the fun and games variety, the actor is set to loosen up a little on the upcoming film, Frank, in which he will play the leader of an eccentric rock band.
The story will follow Domhnall Gleeson (best known for portraying Bill Weasley!), who finds himself in over his head when he joins Fassbender’s band.
It boasts a script penned by Jon Ronson (who wrote the book The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (who adapted Ronson’s book into the 2009 screenplay, and also helped pen the scripts for the comedy, How To Lose Friends & Alienate People, as well as the impressive recent dramas, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Debt).
It’s set to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson whose drama, What Richard Did, is currently playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. The director’s other films include the Irish drama comedies Garage and Adam & Paul.
It sounds like it will be a refreshing role for Fassbender who has been digging his heels into typically heavy material of late, most recently wrapping Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave and currently working on Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.
Photo credit: Fassbender, courtesy of Getty Images/Pascal Le Segretain.