Who says there are no original ideas in Hollywood? There are already two competing Jeff Buckley biopics, and now two films about the Beach Boys are in the works. However, they're about different Beach Boys: In June, it was revealed that Brian Wilson would get his own biopic, and yesterday an indie flick about Brian's younger bro Dennis Wilson was announced. Aaron Eckhart, Harvey Dent/Two Face himself, has been cast to portray the most underrated Beach Boy in The Drummer, which will concentrate on Dennis' booze-soaked years before his death in 1983, Variety reports.
During that period, Wilson also recorded his critically acclaimed opus Pacific Ocean Blue. For the film, Eckhart will re-record that album's songs, much like Joaquin Phoenix did for the Johnny Cash film Walk the Line. The one possible downside about Eckhart in this role: The actor is now older (43) than Wilson was when he died at the age of 39, but that won't be a problem since Eckhart's character in Erin Brokovich was a dead ringer for the drummer.
Since the film only focuses on the last six years of Wilson's life, the Randy Miller-directed biopic won't capture the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds/SMiLE peak years, Wilson's alleged friendship with a pre-murderous Charlie Manson, and his role as The Mechanic in 1971's Two-Lane Blacktop. However, it is about time Dennis Wilson got his due. "There's a discovery about Dennis with this film," Miller told Variety. "Everybody knows Brian, but nobody really knows Dennis' music."
The Drummer will begin filming in late-spring 2012. Your move, Brian Wilson biopic's casting department. Meanwhile, right now at a coffeeshop in Canoga Park, a young screenwriter is hunched over his laptop, working on a script about Carl Wilson.