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.
- Aaron Eckhart
- Dennis Wilson