Gyllenhaal Sarsgaard for Monroe Biopic

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard go Bluegrass…

Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband Peter Sarsgaard have signed up to star in a new biopic on the life of musician Bill Monroe.

Sarsgaard will play Monroe in the flick; Monroe was dubbed ‘The Father of Bluegrass’ for his work on the genre. Gyllenhaal will star opposite as Monroe’s lover Bessie Lee Mauldin.

Speaking to Screen Cave, Gyllenhaal explained: “Bill Monroe, who invented Blue Grass music, had a kind of Sid and Nancy-style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life.

“T-Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri, who wrote Thelma & Louise, wrote the script so we’re going to do that together.”