Paul Dano will play the younger version of Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson in “Love and Mercy”, a new film about the founding of the legendary band, it was announced today. Another actor is being sought to play Wilson in his later years.
The movie, written by Oren Moverman and to be directed by Bill Pohlad, will span decades and follow “the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Rather than a bio pic, the film will take an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson’s life, his artistic genius, his profound struggles, and the love that kept him alive.” The film also has the blessing of Wilson himself. “I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career,” he says in the press release. Oscar-winning composer Atticus Ross will create the “soundscape” for the film, which will undoubtedly feature some of the band’s most iconic songs.
Seen on the big screen in 2012 in “Ruby Sparks” and “Looper”, Dano recently wrapped up shooting on Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” with Michael Fassbender and is now gearing up to shoot revenge/kidnap thriller “Prisoners” opposite Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.