Sundance: Magnolia Getting Close On ‘Frank,’ The One That Has Michael Fassbender Wearing The Giant Head
deadline.com EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia is zeroing in on a low seven-figure domestic deal for Frank, the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film about a band that is led by an eclectic genius lead singer who, everywhere he goes, wears an oversized head, even on stage. Now, this has been one of the most intriguing titles, given that the actor playing him is Michael Fassbender, the hunky Irishman who was just Oscar-nominated for his role in 12 Years A Slave.

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Frank (2014) Synopsis and Credits

Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage, and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats), FRANK is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Danie.

"Frank (2014)" stars Carla Azar, Domhnall Gleeson, Francois Civil, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, and Scoot McNairy.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan.
Produced by David Barron, Ed Guiney, and Stevie Lee.
Production company/distributor: Magnolia Pictures.

Release Date: August 15, 2014

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