When it comes to biopics especially for musicians or bands you usually don’t consider the drummer as the focus of attention? Very rarely, if there not Jim Morrison or Johnny Cash mainstream probably wont be interested. It looks like we will have a musical biopic coming our way according to EW who are reporting Aaron Eckhart has signed up to play Dennis Wilson who was the drummer for 1960’s surf pop band The Beach Boys.
The film will be called The Drummer (highly original?!) a indie drama to be directed by Randall Miller and writer Jody Savin, a film that will look at Wilson’s last six years of his life before he tragically drowned in 1983. Dennis was the eldest of the three Wilson Brothers who like many great bands indifferences saw the band go there separate ways so like Dennis go into solo work and his death happened just after he released his solo album Pacific Ocean Blue, so regarded as some of his best work of the time. Eckhart will also be the film’s executive producer and to make things alot more authentic the actor will re-record Wilson’s songs following previous actors like Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash, Walk The Line), Jamie Foxx (Ray Charles, Ray) I wonder if he’ll release an album too like those actors did? Filming has been set for spring or summer 2012.
Here’s what Miller had to say about Eckhart coming onboard the project… “Aaron is such a finely nuanced actor who is supremely dedicated to getting at the essence of who this rock star was.”
The best thing a director wants when their film is based on a person is getting the backing of that person’s loved ones and the wilson family have giving that backing bring a sense of authenticy to film. Aaron Eckhart has a busy schedule ahead of him with I Frakenstein for Stuart Beattie possibly crime thriller Pan and Neil Labute’s The Geography Of Hope but before then we will see him on November 4th in Rum Diary with Johnny Depp.