Jake Gyllenhaal has secured the rights to produce and star in the film adaptation of Lisa Kron and Jenine Tesori’s Tony award-winning musical Fun Home, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.
Gyllenhaal will play the role of Bruce Bechdel, the father. Fun Home is the autobiographical journey of a family run by a tyrannical father, who also happens to be a funeral director and a closeted gay man. It’s also a celebration of sexual awakening, an emotional detective drama of sorts, and an at equal times jubilant and heart-rending production.
Fun Home won five Tony awards in 2015 including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Leading Actor (Michael Cerveris), and Best Direction of a Musical.