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Fassbender plays it for laughs with Hollywood star Maggie

Screen siren Maggie Gyllenhaal is to star alongside Irish actor Michael Fassbender in a new comedy.

Director Lenny Abrahamson - will be at the helm for new movie Frank, which boasts some of the hottest names in Hollywood

Dublin native Abrahamson is fast becoming one of the industry's most in demand directors with his controversial film What Richard Did receiving worldwide acclaim.

He also directed cult film Adam and Paul and the IFTA-winning Garage, starring Pat Shortt.

Dark Knight star, Gyllenhaal will be joining Kerry man Fassbender and Abrahamson in New Mexico next week to start filming.

Both Gyllenhaal (35) and Fassbender (35) tend to stick to more serious roles, but the new movie will be a chance for them to shake off their sombre personas and have some fun. The cast and crew will shoot for several weeks in the US before heading back to Ireland to wrap up the shoot.

Domhnall Gleeson will also star in the comedy. Gleeson (29) recently starred in RTE's comedy sketch show Immaturity For Charity with Amy Huberman and Robert Sheehan.

But he's probably best known for his portrayal of wizard Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

Frank focuses on young wannabe musician Jon (Gleeson) who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious Frank (Fassbender). Gyllenhaal will play the part of Fass-bender's sidekick, Clara.

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