The Toronto Film Festival hasn’t started showing films or festing yet, but deals are being made. In advance of the festival, we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson have signed on to “Frank,” a film to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson.The project is being pulled together in time to sell at the film festival.
It’s a “a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender).” Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan wrote the script (Ronson wrote “The Men Who Stare At Goats” which I thought was hilarious and apparently no one else did).
Can we see Fassbender as mysterious and enigmatic? I know I can. In fact, I’d like to see it. Fassbender has, as you would expect, a number of projects in progress. He finished filming “Twelve Years a Slave” for longtime collaborator Steve McQueen and is now working on “The Counselor” for Ridley Scott. Then early next year he’ll get to work on “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
As for Gleeson, you’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the near future. He’s in the Irish political drama “Shadow Dancer,” which I hope will get a US release at some point, then will be seen in the eagerly awaited by some “Dredd 3D.” On the opposite end of the film spectrum, he also has the choice part of Levin in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” Next year he’ll be found in the ensemble of the Richard Curtis comedy “About Time.”