Jake Gyllenhaal to produce and star in film version of ‘Fun Home’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Jake Gyllenhaal (Photo by Emilio Madrid, courtesy Broadway.com)

“Brokeback Mountain” star Jake Gyllenhaal has been set to produce and star in a film adaptation of “Fun Home,” the Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name.

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Fun Home” — originally adapted from out cartoonist Bechdel’s groundbreaking 2006 memoir by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori — depicts Bechdel onstage at three different ages as she delves into memories of her dysfunctional upbringing, especially those surrounding her closeted father, in a home that also served as the location for the family’s mortuary business.

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