Chloe Moretz and Rupert Grint have signed on to join Aaron Eckhart and Vera Farmiga in the The Drummer. Director Randy Miller‘s indie music biopic focuses on the last six years life of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson (played by Eckhart). As we reported in January, Farmiga will play Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie, who sparked a passionate and tumultuous relationship before Wilson’s death in 1983. According to Variety, Moretz will play Wilson’s daughter Jennifer, and Grint has been cast as “Stan Shapiro, a mail room intern at the talent agency William Morris, who befriended Wilson during the last few years of the musician’s life.” Jennifer Wilson is co-producing the film along with her half-brother Carl.
Filming is set to begin June 15th. Moretz will next be seen in Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows. The Drummer will be Grint’s first major role since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Development on the indie music biopic The Drummer seems to be heating up. Aaron Eckhart is set to star as Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in the pic, and now Variety reports that Vera Farmiga will play Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie. Randy Miller is directing the biopic, which will focus on the last six years of Wilson’s life “during which he and McVie sparked a passionate and tumultuous relationship before Wilson’s death in 1983.” We previously reported that Eckhart would be recording his own renditions from Wilson’s 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue, and Variety’s report indicates that Farmiga will partake in a number of duets with Eckhart in the film. The actress is actually a classically trained pianist.
Eckhart is also executive producing The Drummer, which is slated to begin production in June. Wilson’s children are onboard as co-producers, so one assumes the film will be taking few—if any—artistic licenses. The Fleetwood Mac song “Hold Me”, co-written by McVie, was allegedly inspired by Wilson. Hit the jump to take a listen.
Aaron Eckhart can’t stop signing on for movies. Earlier this month he signed on to star in Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein, and he’s also attached to the crime-thriller Pan and Neil LaBute’s The Geography of Hope. According to Variety, he’s added another film to his slate by signing up to play The Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson in Randy Miller’s indie music biopic The Drummer. Miller comments that while everyone knows about Dennis’ brother Brian, The Drummer will focus on “the last six years of Wilson’s life, before his death in 1983.” Eckhart will executive produce and record his own renditions from Wilson’s 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue. Shooting is set to begin next year in late spring to early summer.
The ubiquitous Eckhart will be seen in theaters next Friday in The Rum Diary, and he’s also starring in the action flick The Expatriate, which currently doesn’t have a release date.