Chloe Moretz & Rupert Grint Adding Young Talent to 'The Drummer'
We already know that Aaron Eckhart is slated to play The Beach Boys drummer and songwriter Dennis Wilson in The Drummer, an indie biopic on the life of the late musician from director Randall Miller and writer Jody Savin (the team behind the Sundance selected film Bottle Shock), and Vera Farmiga as Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie. Now some younger talent has boarded the film as Variety reports Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the entire run of the Harry Potter franchise) and Chloe Moretz (of Let Me In and Hugo fame) are in final negotiations for a couple supporting roles in the film.
The film 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. Moretz will play Wilson's daughter Jennifer, who is actually producing the film in real life with her half-brother Carl, and Grint is playing Stan Shapiro, a mail room intern at William Morris, who befriended Wilson during the last few years of the musician's life.
It's the first big project for Grint since the conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise last year, and will really be a test of his career following the multi-billion dollar franchise. Meanwhile, Moretz seems to do no wrong as her career has taken many fantastic twists and turns from dark horror like Let Me In to great comedy in guest appearances on "30 Rock." The actress already feels like a grown woman in many ways, and will surely be around for many years to come. It's not clear when we might see this project, but since it's an indie, a festival run seems to be in order, but the film doesn't start shooting until later this year.