Aaron Eckhart is set to star in the Beach Boys movie, The Drummer. Variety reports that he will play Dennis Wilson in the indie music biopic directed by Randy Miller. The film is being produced by Miller and Jody Savin (Bottle Shock) under their banner Unclaimed Freight Prods., along with music industry vet Brad Rosenberger. Savin also pennned the script for the film.
This will be a nice change of pace for Echart who just landed the leade in I, Frankenstein. The actor had been in negotiations to play Wilson for several months. The actor will be pulling triple duty, he will also be exec producer and will sing. He will be belting out renditions of Wilson's solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue," released in 1977.
The Drummer is slated to start shooting next year during late spring-early summer. The film chronicles the last six years of Wilson's life, before his death in 1983. Here is what Miller had to say in a statement:
"We'd been trying to figure out who the right person would be to fill this role. It's quite a demanding role so it had to be a great actor who could sing."
"There's a discovery about Dennis with this film," Miller said. "Everybody knows Brian, but nobody really knows Dennis' music."
This movie has the support of Wilson's children, who've agreed to an overall deal for rights to the music. They are also set to co-produce. This is good news for music lovers. The Drummer would not be as good if it did not have rights to the music. Eckhart is a great actor and it will be cool to hear himm sing for the film. What are your thoughts?