If you’re lucky enough to get Michael Fassbender in your film, what role would you give him? How about a role that involves him wearing a large mask for the whole film? The first full trailer has been released for Frank, which stars Domhnall Gleeson as Jon, a young wanna-be musician who joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender). This off-beat looking dramedy has definitely piqued our interest, with an odd tone that seems to deliver laughs and brains in equal measure. We’ll see…
Also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy.
Official synopsis for Frank:
In the world of alternative music, The Soronprfbs are the ne plus ultra of outsiders. A brilliant, ramshackle, barely functioning band, they are built around the eponymous Frank (Michael Fassbender), an unstable yet charismatic musical savant, who at all times wears a large, round fake head with crudely paintedOon features O like Daniel Johnston hidden behind a cartoon smile. His closest musical collaborator is the forbidding Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal); part caretaker, part jailer, Clara is the antithesis of all things mainstream. The band is completed by Nana (Carla Azar), a Moe TuckerOlike drummer, and Baraque (Francois Civil), a beautiful Frenchman who plays bass. Into this mix comes replacement keyboard player, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), after the band’s original keyboardist is hospitalized following an attempt at drowning himself. In his head, Jon’s is a true creative, a maverick musical force; in reality he’s a very ordinary young man trying to escape his humOdrum, smallOtown life. For Jon, this is the break he’s been waiting for, his chance to climb through the looking glass and into the world of artistic collaboration, real musicOmaking, and rock ‘n’ roll adventure that he’s always dreamed of. But he discovers (and perhaps has always suspected) that he lacks the one thing he needs to make his dream come true – genuine talent.
ETA: UK – 2 May, 2014.