Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener to Tackle Charlie Kaufman Material Again in ‘Frank or Francis’

Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener

Charlie Kaufman’s directing followup to Synecdoche, New York has been in the casting stage for a while now, and already it has compiled an impressive core of male actors. Names like Steve Carrell, Jack Black, and Nicolas Cage have attached themselves to the picture, and Kaufman has even made a play at securing Paul Blart. So far there’s been a lack of news about who might play any of the female parts, however. This movie, that seems designed to take the wind out of our movie blogging sails, was looking like a real sausage fest.

That’s all changed in a big way though. Vulture is reporting that two phenomenal actresses, Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener, have just signed on to join an already stellar cast. That’s some added girl power that might take even the Spice Girls aback for a minute. News of Winslet and Keener’s involvement on any project would be met with quite a bit of enthusiasm already, but when you factor in that both of these actresses have worked very successfully with Charlie Kaufman material before, things kind of get kicked up a notch.

Winslet’s previous Kaufman experience comes from her work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a film that was written by Kaufman and that earned the actress an Oscar nomination. Keener’s experience comes from her work on Being John Malkovich, a film that was also written by Kaufman and that, oh look… also earned the actress on Oscar nomination. Neither managed to actually take home the little gold man in their previous efforts, but maybe now that they’re going to be pooling their resources they can bypass the Oscars altogether and go for the coveted MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo. Anything is possible if you work hard and stay positive.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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