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Kate Winslet & Catherine Keener Join Charlie Kaufman's Satiric Musical 'Frank Or Francis'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 26, 2012 12:53 PM
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Just when we were wondering if production on Charlie Kaufman's ambitious, zany, satiric musical "Frank Or Francis" might have hit the skids, the project has received some new life, adding two of our favorite actresses to the cast.  Vulture reports that Kate Winslet (coming off Emmy and Golden Globes wins for her excellent turn in "Mildred Pierce") and Kaufman regular Catherine Keener ("Synechdoche, New York," "Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich") are coming aboard the film.

To refresh your memory, this one already has Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage and Kevin Kline set to star in the take-down of online film criticism (among many other things) that focuses on three characters: Frank Arder (Carell), a well-meaning, but pretentious screenwriter-turned-filmmaker whose feature-film “You” becomes a sensation in Hollywood after it's nominated for a record-breaking amount of Academy Awards; Francis (Black) is a charisma-free, but whip-smart online blogger/commenter who lives in his parents' attic, and his biting critiques of Tinsteltown and its movies have earned him a bit of a following; and Alan Modell (Cage), aka the Emcee, a well-known comedian famous for his wildly popular and immensely insipid “Fat Dad” roles, who begins to experience his career's decline and desperately tries to put it back on track at any cost. And if that isn't enough, Kline plays two roles. The first is Richard Waller, the brother of filmmaker Jonathan Waller, who directed a hit epic called “Hiroshima” that failed to win Best Picture. Second, he'll be voicing Richard’s Head, the superwiz computer-brain programmed to write hit screenplays.

There's no word yet on the roles Winslet and Keener are attached to, but they are likely taking the female leads in the love stories that also factor in largely for Frank and Francis. And believe us when we tell you, there is a lot more to the story than the above. And oh yeah, half the lines in the movie aren't spoken, they're sung. All that to say, it's pretty batshit but also pretty awesome.

Still no word on when this will roll in front of cameras, but Winslet films "The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society" in March with Kenneth Branagh, before moving onto Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" in the summer, so we wonder if this is being put together to shoot later in the year. But either way, we're just glad movement is still happening on the film.

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9 Comments

  • Lane | January 28, 2012 7:55 AMReply

    I'm glad Kate has decided to move away from playing boring depressed housewives and returns to interesting roles. There was a time when she had the courage to work on challenging roles instead of chasing the Oscar bait films.

  • Kontemplate | January 26, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    I'm more looking foward to Jason Reitman's Labor Day because a) he had an insanely good track record- Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult b) it's one of my favorite novels c) Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin- yowza!... only thing I'm worried about is the casting of the little boy who is essentially the lead character. The entire story is told from his perspective unless Reitman changes it up.

  • Unfrica | January 26, 2012 5:35 PMReply

    Kate Winslet definitely can sing.
    "Recorded a song for the soundtrack for the movie Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001). Producers were so impressed at her efforts they have decided to release the ballad - called "What If?" - as a single. It reached the top ten in the UK, peaking at number six."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vId_4r925o

    She also sing in Romance & Cigarettes:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yN5pzfMCl8&feature=related

    And in Sense & Sensibility:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYe-BI66l1w

  • kris | January 26, 2012 4:52 PMReply

    great news , i remember carey mulligan also join the cast isn't she?
    and winslet can sing you guys didn't watch romance and cigarettes?

  • jt | January 26, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    Kate Winslet nor Catherine Keener can sing. This is ridiculous !

  • Robert | January 26, 2012 4:20 PM

    Kate Winslet can sing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vId_4r925o

  • T | January 26, 2012 3:31 PM

    That is absolutely True!!!

  • Damien | January 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    Dude... it's Hollywood! Anyone can co.. I mean sing!

  • Amir Syarif Siregar | January 26, 2012 1:28 PMReply

    So excited to see Kate Winslet's future movies! A modern drama with Reitman, a period drama with Brannagh and a quirky musical comedy with Kaufman.

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