Paul Dano will portray a young Brian Wilson in a film about the life of the Beach Boys' musician. The film is called Love & Mercy and will focus on Wilson's life over several decades. Another actor, who has yet to be cast, will portay an older Wilson.
Dano is best known for his roles in Little Miss Sunshine, Looper, and There Will be Blood. Wilson himself is happy with the choice. In a statement Wilson said:
"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. I still can't believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen."
Brian Wilson is the Beach Boys' chief songwriter. Throughout much of his life, he has dealt with mental health issues and drug addiction.
The film will be directed by Bill Pohlad. Shooting is expected to begin this summer.