Charlie Kaufman’s latest mind-bending film, Frank or Francis, has picked up Kevin Kline to play two parts in a film already filled with great actors.
Kline will play Jonathan Waller, the brother of Richard Waller, who has made the highest-grossing film ever Hiroshima. When Richard is disappointed that his film didn’t win Best Picture at the Oscars, Jonathan and Richard create a device that is a animatronic head called Richard’s Head that is designed to create a completely inoffensive script that will have as wide an appeal as possible; in their minds, the perfect script.
Kline joins Steve Carell, Jack Black and Nicolas Cage, who have already been cast. Carell plays Frank Arder, who wrote, directed and starred in every role of his film You, which received 29 Oscar nominations. Black is an internet film commentator named Francis who still lives with his parents. Cage plays a formerly successful actor, Alan Modell, who will be hosting the Academy Awards. Modell is best known for his series of Fat Dad films. The three characters eventually meet in the film’s finale. To add to the insanity, half the film’s dialogue will also be sung.
The film definitely seems to be in Kaufman’s wheelhouse of Meta films that think outside the box. Kaufman has formerly written the screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and made his directorial debut in 2008’s Synecdoche, New York.