Martin Freeman is to join Maxine Peake in Funny Cow

Martin Freeman has joined the cast of Funny Cow – a film set in the world of stand-up comedy.

Maxine Peake – best known for her roles in TV dramas Shameless and Silk – is starring in the British indie flick charting the rise of a female stand-up comic in the male-dominated clubs of northern England in the 1970s and 80s, according to Screen Daily.

The Hobbit star Martin has signed up to the cast along with Boardwalk Empire’s Stephen Graham and rebus star John Hannah.

The script has been written by Peaky Blinders and Hyena actor Tony Pitts, who will also appear in the film, with Junkhearts’ Tinge Krishnan attached to direct.

Musician Richard Hawley is set to score the film, which is due to begin shooting in the UK next year.

Moviehouse’s Mark Vennis told ScreenDaily: “Reminiscent of classics Lenny and Raging Bull, Funny Cow is going to be a hard hitting film that will make audiences laugh and cry in equal proportions.”

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