Kevin Kline Playing Animatronic Disembodied Head Built for Screenwriting, and That's Just One of His Roles

October 3, 2011


Having proven his dual-role ability on the sets of Fierce Creatures, Wild Wild West, and Dave, Kevin Kline will once again have a couple characters' lines to remember on Charlie Kaufman's sophomore directorial effort, Frank or Francis--a film said to be a meta, musical satire of the Hollywood industry that largely focuses on the back and forth between a director and a blogger. Kline will fill the part of the director's brother, while also--in a more bizarrely Kaufman-esque role--playing an "animatronic disembodied screenwriting head." Why not?

Jack Black is attached to play Francis, the blogger, while Steve Carell is in talks to play the director he's at odds with, Frank. Nicolas Cage, himself no stranger to multiple roles in Charlie Kaufman movies, will also appear in an unspecified part. Because what's a modern Hollywood satire without Nicolas Cage, our greatest living Hollywood satire?

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