Aaron Eckhart to Play Legendary Beach Boys Drummer in New Biopic
by Ethan Anderton
October 17, 2011
The actor just recently signed on for the lead role in the gestating adaptation of the comic book I, Frankenstein, and now a press release has also revealed that Aaron Eckhart is set to play The Beach Boys drummer and songwriter Dennis Wilson in The Drummer. The new biopic from director Randall Miller and writer Jody Savin (the team behind the Sundance selected film Bottle Shock), will chart the last six years of Wilson's life when he crafted some of the most iconic music from the legendary band before tragically drowning in 1983 in Marina Del Rey shortly after he released his solo album Pacific Ocean Blue.
Despite releasing that album without the rest of The Beach Boys, the album was re-released in 2008 and Rolling Stone called it the best re-release of the year. As for Eckhart's casting in the film, Miller says, "Aaron is such a finely nuanced actor who is supremely dedicated to getting at the essence of who this rock star was." Wilson's family has thrown their full support behind the film which allows for use of Pacific Ocean Blue, some unreleased music from Dennis Wilson, and of course, music from The Beach Boys, and Eckhart will be doing his own singing and drumming in the film as well. Production is slated to begin sometime in the spring or summer of 2012 which is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys.