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Paul Dano to play Brian Wilson

Paul Dano

Story by Jack Foley

PAUL Dano is to play Beach Boy legend Brian Wilson in forthcoming biopic, Love & Mercy.

The film, to be directed by Bill Pohlad, will cover several decades of Wilson’s life, focusing on his struggle with mental illness and his relationships.

The script, by Oren Movermann, was written after Pohlad secured Wilson’s life rights and that of his wife, Melinda, and will reportedly take an unconventional approach to the seminal moments in Wilson’s life.

It will be Pohlad’s first film since directing the 1990 film Old Explorers and shooting is expected to start in the early summer.

Wilson, who wrote hits such as Surfin’ USA and California Girls, has already given his seal of approval to the casting, saying that he was “thrilled” with the choice of Dano.

“I still can’t believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen,” the songwriter added.

Dano, who is perhaps best known for his turn opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (pictured), will play the younger Wilson, while an older actor will portray the singer’s later years. Casting for that role has yet to be completed.

He is currently shooting Prisoners with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and was most recently seen in the sci-fi actioner Looper and the indie hit Ruby Sparks.

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