Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation) has added two fantastic actresses to the already impressive cast for his next project, the musical comedy Frank or Francis. Vulture reports that Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener will join Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage and Kevin Kline in what is shaping up to be another wildly unique and enigmatic cinematic experience.
Oddly enough, the story will center around Frank Arder (Carell), a pretentious director/actor who becomes obsessed with an insufferable blogger (Black) living in his parents’ attic and spending his time disparaging his movies on a film website. Nicolas Cage will fittingly take on the role of Alan Modell, a well-known comedian desperately trying to resurrect his quickly fading career.
There is no word on what roles Winslet and Keener will play. The two actresses are no stranger to Kaufman’s peculiar scripts. Winslet starred in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind while Keener appeared in Being John Malkovich.
Aside from the fact that this film will likely be a scathing commentary on the state of film criticism and the movie industry as a whole, Kaufman’s propensity for completely wacky scripts has me really excited for this project. This is likely to be a wildly imaginative and unique. Oh and did I mention it’s going to be a MUSICAL? I absolutely can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Here is what the director/writer had to say about his script in a recent interview with Time Out London:
“In the broadest possible sense, it’s about online film criticism, but as usual, the world that I’m writing about is not necessarily the world that I’m writing about. It’s just a place to set it. There’s a lot in there about the internet and anger: cultural, societal and individual anger. And isolation in this particular age we live in. And competition: it’s about the idea of people in this world wanting to be seen. I hate to use the word ‘about,’ as it implies that what I’m doing is an analogy and that I’m trying to say something. I’m not. That’s for the audience to do.”