In the music industry, very few musicians have been as influential as Brian Wilson. As the songwriter and lead member of The Beach Boys, he penned some of the great classics of the 1960's. As great innovators in our time deserve, Wilson is slated to be the subject of a biographical film centered around his gradual mental instability and his life with his wife. Paul Dano (Ruby Sparks, Little Miss Sunshine) has recently been cast in the film, entitled Love & Mercy, and is set to portray Brian Wilson in his earlier years. I'm definitely feeling some Good Vibrations about this casting.
The role of Brian Wilson will actually be split in two, showing the musician in his youth and later in life. The actor that will be playing older Wilson has not been cast yet, unfortunately. As sound is so important, Atticus Ross, who worked with Trent Reznor on the Academy Award-winning score of The Social Network, has been attached to design the sound for the film. The biopic will be the first time Bill Pohlad, best known for producing such films as The Tree of Life and Into the Wild, will be directing since 1990's Old Explorers . Before developing Love & Mercy, Pohland actually secured the life rights of Brian Wilson and his wife, Melinda. As such, the script by Oren Moverman (I'm Not There) will focus primarily on Wilson's marriage and the effects of his battle with mental illness. The added step of securing the life rights will certainly produce a more intimate look at the legendary song-writer's whirlwind life.