Paul Dano only seems to sign up for interesting movies, and it appears he’s done so again, as he’s now set to star as The Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson in the biopic Love & Mercy. Atticus Ross, who won an Oscar for composing The Social Network score with Trent Reznor, is in talks to provide the music for this biopic.
The drama will follow Wilson’s rise to fame in the 1960s. However, as he became more creatively ambitious, his mental health deteriorated, which lead to him leaving the band. The movie will feature two different actors portraying Brian Wilson, with Paul Dano playing the younger version. The older version, who in the last few years has made a return to music, has not been cast yet.
Bill Pohlad will make his feature directorial debut, working from a screenplay by Oren Moverman. Shooting will begin this summer.