Maynard James Keenan returns to film!

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Singer/songwriter/producer/actor/comedian/winemaker Maynard James Keenan will soon be updating his resume. The Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer vocalist, who appears in Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke’s documentary Blood into Wine and Pomerenke’s The Heart is a Drum Machine (both showing at Noise Pop), will be playing the main villain in Page’s new comedy Queens of Country, per an interview with Director Page for Movieweb. Somehow that sounds like the ideal role for Keenan, who has delved into country and stand-up as well as the dark metal he is known for.

He’s appeared in a couple other films, including a scene in Crank: High Voltage with Jason Statham and several minor roles in the upcoming (brace yourself) Lindsay Lohan/Jason Lee/Woody Harrelson indie flick The Other Side, which will also feature Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette (just the one role for each of them).

Keenan will be playing the part of antagonist Bobby Angel in Queens of Country, which is about a narcissistic, champion-line-dancing, small-town Arizona woman obsessed with the film’s namesake “queens of country,” namely Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Wanda Jackson. Fairuza Balk is also reportedly being approached for a supporting role in the movie — which commences filming May 3rd — and an unnamed (for contractual reasons) late-night sketch duo has done a rewrite of the script. We hate to have to resort to speculation, but can it really be anyone else but this?

Meanwhile, no new word about that cryptic news blurb regarding Danny Carey returning to L.A., but we can rest assured that Keenan won’t be participating in whatever is going on until at least April. As Billboard notes, Keenan brings his current love, Puscifer, on a 23-date Midwest/East Coast tour beginning March 2nd in Atlanta and ending April 3rd in Minneapolis.

Puscifer will also be releasing a tour DVD later this year (something Tool has yet to do) called Puscifer Season 1. Why the name? Keenan tells Billboard that Puscifer “has more in common with ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Sonny & Cher’ [the show] than it does with a rock band.” On that note, pick up tickets to next month’s episodes on Ticketmaster.

If you’re still feeling skeptical about the possibility of new Tool material but nevertheless want to continue piling on the false hope, check out this recent name-drop by George Clinton. Best collaboration ever?

Puscifer 2010 Tour dates:
03/02 – Atlanta, GA @ CW Center Stage
03/03 – Atlanta, GA @ CW Center Stage
03/05 – Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
03/06 – Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
03/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
03/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
03/11 – New York, NY @ Grand Ballroom
03/12 – New York, NY @ TBA
03/13 – New York, NY @ Apollo Theater
03/15 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Academy of Music
03/16 – Boston, MA @ Berklee Academy of Music
03/19 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
03/20 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theater
03/21 – Lorain, OH @ Lorain Theater
03/23 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Theater
03/24 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Theater
03/26 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
03/27 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
03/28 – Columbus, OH @ LC Indoor Pavillion
03/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
03/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
04/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theater
04/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theater

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