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By Mark Worgan On September 5, 2012

Michael Fassbender To Star In New Film Based On Life Of Madchester Legend Frank Sidebottom

'Shame' star set to star as comedian

Michael Fassbender To Star In New Film Based On Life Of Madchester Legend Frank Sidebottom
Photo: Steve Searle/WENN

Michael Fassbender may be a Hollywood big shot these days, starring in the likes of Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' and 'X-Men: First Class', but that hasn't stopped him from starring in a true British tale of northern comedy legend Frank Sidebottom.

The instantly recognisable Sidebottom, who performed in a giant fibreglass or papier-mache cartoon head became hugely popular on the British comedy circuit in the 80s and 90s, striking up a particular chord with the Madchester music theme due to his affinity with the North West and his character's home town of Timperley (near Manchester).

Sadly Chris Sieve, who created the character of Sidebottom, died of cancer in 2010.

The movie appears to have come about due to writer Jon Ronson ('The Men Who Stare At Goats', 'The Imposter') playing in Sidebottom's band.

However Ronson denied the film will be about Sidebottom, despite The Radio Times reportedly it included a character to be played by Domhall Gleeson called 'Jon' who joins the comedian and musician's band.

WATCH: A video tribute to Frank Sidebottom (aka Chris Sievey) who died in 2010

Ronson tweeted: "It's not a film about Frank Sidebottom!"

Fassbender has been announced as the lead in Frank, a comedy co-written by the Ronson and signing on relative unknown director Lenny Abrahamson and co-written by Peter Straughan,  scripter of the 2011 movie version of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' as well as the 2009 movie version of Ronson's book 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'.

PHOTOS: Michael Fassbender out with girlfriend Nicole Beharie

Michael Fassbender and Nicole Beharie take a motorbike ride around London PHOTO: WENN

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