First trailer released for Brian Wilson biopic ‘Love And Mercy’ – watch

Paul Dano stars as the young Brian Wilson, with John Cusack portraying him later in life

The first trailer for Love And Mercy, the forthcoming film about the life of Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson, has been released online.

Little Miss Sunshine actor Paul Dano stars as the young Brian Wilson, while John Cusack appears as the legendary singer-songwriter later in life. Elizabeth Banks co-stars as Wilson’s second wife, Melinda, and Paul Giamatti plays Wilson’s psychotherapist Dr Eugene Landy.

Directed by Bill Pohlad – best known as the producer of 12 Years A Slave and The Tree Of Life – the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last July (2014) to mostly very positive reviews.

The film’s official synopsis promises an “unconventional look” at Wilson’s life, explaining: Love And Mercy centres on the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson. Rather than a biopic, 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.”

Speaking when Love And Mercy was announced in 2013, Brian Wilson gave the film a ringing endorsement, saying: “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 and to have Bill Pohlad as the captain of the Sloop John B is amazing! It just makes me feel so humble. I can’t wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn,” Wilson added.

Love And Mercy is set to open in US cinemas on June 5. At present, the film’s UK release date has yet to be confirmed.