John Cusack is set to portray The Beach Boys‘ Brian Wilson in a new biopic.
The High Fidelity star is in talks to take the lead in Love And War, playing Wilson in later life. There Will Be Blood actor Paul Dano has already signed up to portray him as a young man, according to The Wrap.
The movie is being directed by Bill Pohlad, from a screenplay by Oscar-nominated writer Oren Moverman. An unconventional look at Wilson’s life, the script apparently “renimagines seminal moments… from his artistic genius to his profound struggles and the love that keeps him alive.”
The film has the blessing of Wilson himself. On hearing news of Dano’s casting, he told Rolling Stone: “I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on top 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… it just makes me feel so humble. I can’t wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn.”