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1 of 1 Frank - Will you be heading to the cinema on May 9?
Frank - Will you be heading to the cinema on May 9?

The new trailer for Frank, the offbeat comedy directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, has been released - and it looks like we're in for a treat when it opens in cinemas on May 9.

Filmed in Ireland and the US, Frank tells the story of wannabe musician Jon (Gleeson), who throws in his lot with an electronic pop group, "led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal)".

You can watch the trailer by clicking the link above on your left.

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men who Stare at Goats), Frank is based on Ronson's memoir and is described as being "a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart".

Ronson previously played keyboards in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band.

Sidebottom creator Sievey passed away in 2010.

The film also stars Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Me Softly), musician Carla Azar (drummer on Jack White's Blunderbuss album) and French actor/musician Francois Civil.

Produced by Irish company Element Pictures, Frank received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is screening in the film section of this month's SXSW (South by SouthWest) festival in Austin, Texas. It has been picked up for distribution in North America by Magnolia Pictures.

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