Maggie Gyllenhaal set for music comedy Frank

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2012
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal has been cast in Lenny Abrahamson's film based on the life of eccentric punk rocker and comedian Chris Sievey

Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in new comedy 'Frank'.

The 'Hysteria' actress has been cast as the female lead in Lenny Abrahamson's film about an aspiring musician - played by 'Anna Karenina's Domhnall Gleeson - who joins a rock band led by eccentric frontman Frank (Michael Fassbender) only to discover things aren't quite what they seem.

It is not yet known what role Maggie, 35, will play in the comedy, which was written by Jon Ronson and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' screenwriter Peter Straughan.

'Argo' star Scoot McNairy, Mark Huberman and Bruce Macintosh round out the cast, The Film Stage reports.

Although the storyline is fictional, the film is heavily inspired by the misadventures of late British musician and comedian Chris Sievey, who rose to fame in punk group The Freshies. He then moved into comedy in 1984 thanks to papier-mâché alter ego Frank Sidebottom. Scriptwriter Jon was once part of the joker's backing band, Frank's Oh Blimey Big Band.

Maggie was last seen in risqué comedy 'Hysteria' about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England and will next appear in spy thriller 'White House Down' alongside Channing Tatum.

Filming for 'Frank' kicks off in Dublin and New Mexico in early 2013.


  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK/Ireland
  • 1h 35min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy
  • UK release: 9 May 2014

Jon, a young wannabe musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

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