Gyllenhaal set for comedy role

Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in new comedy 'Frank'.

The 'Hysteria' actress has been cast as the female lead in Lenny Abrahamson's film about an aspiring musician - played by 'Anna Karenina's Domhnall Gleeson - who joins a rock band led by eccentric frontman Frank (Michael Fassbender) only to discover things aren't quite what they seem.

It is not yet known what role Maggie, 35, will play in the comedy, which was written by Jon Ronson and 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' screenwriter Peter Straughan.

'Argo' star Scoot McNairy, Mark Huberman and Bruce Macintosh round out the cast, The Film Stage reports.

Although the storyline is fictional, the film is heavily inspired by the misadventures of late British musician and comedian Chris Sievey, who rose to fame in punk group The Freshies.

He then moved into comedy in 1984 thanks to papier-mâché alter ego Frank Sidebottom. Scriptwriter Jon was once part of the joker's backing band, Frank's Oh Blimey Big Band.

Gyllenhaal was last seen in risqué comedy 'Hysteria' and will next appear in spy thriller 'White House Down' alongside Channing Tatum.

Filming for 'Frank' kicks off in Dublin and New Mexico in early 2013.

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