The cast of Charlie Kaufman’s sophomore feature “Frank or Francis” just got a little more interesting, as Kevin Kline is now attached to tackle not one but two supporting roles.
A satire of Hollywood set to music, project chronicles the back-and-forth between a movie director and an online blogger who delights in berating his cinematic talent.
Black will play Francis, a charmless yet extremely intelligent Internet troll who reviews movies online.
Carell is in talks to play Frank, a successful, somewhat pretentious filmmaker who is cheating on his wife.
Cage will portray The Emcee, an actor famous for commercial, high-concept films including his most recent hit, “Fat Dad.”
As for Kline, he’ll play Richard Waller, the brother of Jonathan Waller, the director of a fictional film titled “Hiroshima,” the highest-grossing movie of all-time. Kline will also play Richard’s Head, an animatronic head that, through the use of advanced screenwriting techniques, helps Jonathan develop a completely inoffensive product that will have the broadest possible appeal and zero artistic integrity.
Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman is producing the pic, which is skedded to begin lensing in January. WME is packaging the project and casting director Jeanne McCarthy is still working with Kaufman to cast two femme singing roles.
Kline most recently starred in Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator
” and Ivan Reitman’s “No Strings Attached
.” Thesp recently wrapped Lawrence Kasdan’s “Darling Companion
,” which also stars Diane Keaton, Richard Jenkins and Dianne Wiest.
Kline is repped by CAA and Hofflund/Polone.