Production plans for a new biopic depicting the tumultuous life and career of the late [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beach Boys[/lastfm] drummer, Dennis Wilson, are in currently in the works. The ball is rolling now that they just cast their A-list leading man who will portray the last six years of the musician’s life in the movie titled: The Drummer.
The Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart is cast as the late Dennis Wilson and will also serve as the executive producer on the film!
Eckhart is currently being trained on drums, vocals and piano to give the film as realistic of a feel as possible while telling the tragic life story of Beach Boys co-founder Dennis Wilson.
The film will follow the last six years of Wilson’s life, including the release of his solo album Pacific Ocean Blue, as well as his battle with alcohol leading up to his death in 1983. Wilson drowned in Marina Del Rey after drinking all day and diving into the water to recover items he tossed in the same spot years earlier.
The film is currently slated for a 2012 release and will be directed by Director Randall Miller and written by Jody Savin.
Comparing the two pictures from above, we think Eckhart is pretty spot on match to play Wilson, now we just have to imagine him with long hair and a beard and see how well he can sing and play! What do you think of this casting?