Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti will be "Surfin' USA" alongside John Cusack and Paul Dano in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy. The Hunger Games actress and Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars are set to star in Love & Mercy, which will document Wilson, played by Cusack and Dano, as he grapples with mental illness throughout the decades of his acclaimed music career as the rockin' Beach Boys front-man.
On top of showcasing Wilson's superb raw talent as a musician, the Bill Pohlad-directed and -produced film emphasizes the people in his life that helped guide him along the way. Banks is slated to take on the role of Wilson's wife, Melinda, and Giamatti will portray Dr. Eugene Landy, Wilson's therapist.
Wilson first met his wife when he and his band performed at Hollywood nightclub Pandora's Box in October 1962. After clumsily spilling a drink all over Marilyn, the couple started dating despite their apparent age gap– she was 14 and a high school student, while he was a 20-year-old performer. scandalous!
Marilyn hired Dr. Eugene Landy to treat her husband in 1975. Dr. Landy's unorthodox 24-hour therapy regime was and is considered highly controversial. Although Landy triumphed in limiting Wilson's abusive drug habits and successfully rejuvenated the musician's look and health, the doc (who earned the brand "Doctor Feelgood") was fired by The Beach Boys for allegedly brainwashing, isolating, and drugging his patient.
Biopics documenting legendary and impactful men are all the trend right now: first Ashton Kutcher will tackle the role of Apple Inc. genius Steve Jobs in the film Jobs, and next up Paul Dano and John Cusack will star as Wilson when production for Love & Mercy written by Oren Moverman begins in August.
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It's funny to think that the world's love for Paul Dano sprouted from a role that involved about three lines of dialogue and a good amount of hostile grimaces. Following career kickoff roles like his gawky best pal character in The Girl Next Door and the aforementioned angsty teen in Little Miss Sunshine, Dano's surprise casting in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood helped him to expanded territories quite impressively. Following a particularly busy 2012, Dano is now the primary name attached to Love & Mercy, a developing biopic about music icon Brian Wilson.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Dano will headline the long-in-the-works River Road project, which looks to explore the psychological struggles of the time honored artist, whose mental health issues have long been a spotlit component of his celebrity character. Hollywood.com has reached out to reps for Dano and River Road for confirmation on the casting.
But Dano will not be the only actor to tackle the Beach Boys frontman in Love & Mercy: as the film spans several decades, jumping from point to point in Wilson's creative plight and personal turmoils, River Road is looking to cast two actors to play Wilson: a young (Dano) and an old (TBD). Although this concept may sound strikingly familiar, at least this time around we won't have to see Dano struggle with the obligation to murder his older self.
Love & Mercy has also reportedly attracted the likes of producer Bill Pohlad to direct and composer Atticus Ross to create the score for the doubtlessly musically-inclined film.
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Brokeback Mountain producer Bill Pohlad is preparing to shoot the movie, which will focus on Sir Jackie's friendship with his Formula 1 protege Francois Cevert, who was killed in a track accident in the U.S. in 1973.
Triple world champion Sir Jackie has read a draft of the untitled film's script and has given the greenlight for the project - and he's recommending Pohlad signs up fellow Scot McGregor to play him in the movie.
The retired racer tells The Sun, "The relationship that Francois and I had was probably unique in that we were such good friends while, at the same time, racing against each other even though we were in the same team. This has been picked up by a very good filmmaker in Bill. He has worked with some very big stars and he is a friend of mine. I've known him since about 1971. He wants to do it and we have agreed.
"Clearly we won't be in it, it has to be actors. I don't know who will be playing me - but Ewan McGregor would be an awfully good choice."
The new drama, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, premiered at the event in France last week (ends22May11) and went on to win the festival's top award on Sunday (22May11).
Malick didn't promote the film with its stars and he was not present when the Palme d'Or was handed out, but producer Bill Pohlad has now explained why the notoriously publicity-shy moviemaker did not turn up.
He tells reporters at Cannes, "Why isn't he here? I'm not saying it's an easy question to answer, he is personally a very humble guy and a very shy guy. A lot of people... (see) this kind (of) behaviour as a bit of an act, but it's not that way with Terry. He sincerely wants the work to speak for itself."
As if it didn't already have enough star power to demand the attention of critics and filmgoers alike, The Wrap reports that Terrence Malick's next movie - an untitled romance film described as a "powerful and moving love story" - has cast Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz today.
The pair of Academy Award winners join Christian Bale, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko in the film that is schedule to shoot in Oklahoma this October. The source claims that Affleck may in fact be replacing Bale, but as his publicists have yet to even confirm his involvement I'm going to assume that he'll be adding to the stellar roster rather than replacing one of the original players.
Since it was first announced at the Berlin Film Festival, I've been interested to know more about the mysterious romantic drama. It is not unlike Malick to keep details about his work guarded from the public - the filmmaker is one of the most enigmatic to ever work in or outside of Hollywood - but given the star-studded cast and the unknown state of his current project - the family drama Tree of Life - I figured that more information would've been revealed by now. Perhaps this new development will drum up enough interest in the movie that producer Bill Pohlad will be forced to divulge some details about it.
Source: The Wrap
Sean Penn is in talks to star in Genius, the story of famed literary editor Max Perkins, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although the project has had several false starts over the years - including one incarnation that had Michael London producing and Lawrence Kasdan (Wyatt Earp) directing - the current involvement of director Bill Pohlad and friend Sean Penn puts the project on surer ground.
While Penn has not yet officially signed on for Genius, he and Pohlad have a long history of working together. Pohlad produced and helped finance Penn's Into the Wild in 2007, and is set to executive produce on Fair Game and Tree of Life - two upcoming movies that star the actor.
John Logan's script is an adaptation of National Book Award-winning author A. Scott Berg's 2008 biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius," which centers around the career of the titular eccentric editor-in-chief of New York publishing house Scribner, who published the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Earnest Hemingway, and other literary luminaries. The film adaptation would focus on the relationship between the fedora-clad Perkins and a young Thomas Wolfe.
Although Pohlad himself hasn't directed a feature film since 1990, sticking to corporate gigs and documentaries of late, his company River Road has been instrumental in producing movies like Brokeback Mountain and The Runaways.