The upcoming year looks like it’s going to be a busy one for Michael Fassbender, which probably has something to do with the fact that he’s the greatest (and handsomest) actor currently residing on the planet. He just got done filming Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, he’s now working on the Ridley Scott directed and Cormac McCarthy written The Counselor, he’s been linked to Natalie Portman’s next project, Jane Got a Gun, and there’s always his reprisal of the classic X-Men villain Magneto looming in the future, for the X-Men: First Class sequel Days of Future Past.
When you’re a complete stud and acting machine like Fassbender, however, you don’t let something silly like a full schedule stop you from piling more on, so it should come as no surprise that Variety is reporting the übermensch has added another project onto his plate. The latest is an Irish indie called Frank. Coming from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, and to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson (whose latest, What Richard Did, is about to debut at TIFF), Frank is the story of an aspiring and naive young musician who gets in over his head after he joins a band led by an eccentric front man.
And it turns out Fassbender can carry a tune:
Of course, given his cask loads of charisma, Fassbender is all set to play the difficult rock star, while joining him as the just-starting-out journeyman will be Harry Potter veteran Domhnall Gleeson. Though most people are familiar with Gleeson for his playing one of those red-haired Weasleys, the young actor has also shown up in recent stuff like Never Let Me Go and True Grit without embarrassing, so there seems to be potential for his career to continue on past his first big role. Now that he’s going to be playing scenes opposite Fassbender, he should really get a chance to prove what he’s got, and an opportunity to break away from his Harry Potter past. And as for Fassbender… oh please, let this be the project that puts his singing to good use.