Aaron Eckhart to play The Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson in biopic 'The Drummer'


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Aaron Eckhart will tell the fascinating, albeit often tumultuous, story of the late Dennis Wilson, member of the legendary band The Beach Boys, for a new biopic called The Drummer. According to the official statement, Eckhart, who is currently being trained in vocals, piano, and of course, drums, will chronicle the last six years of Wilson’s life, including the release of his acclaimed solo album Pacific Ocean Blue.

The increasingly busy actor, who will next be seen in The Rum Diary, before playing a CIA agent in Erased (formerly titled The Expatriate), is also slated to appear in the upcoming Pan and I, Frankenstein. The star who played Harvey Dent in 2008’s The Dark Knight will also serve as an executive producer on The Drummer, which is being helmed by Bottle Shock‘s Randall Miller and Jody Savin.

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  • Brian Wallace

    I thought Harvey Dent died in “The Dark Knight?”


    • Stacie

      Way to spoil it EW!

  • DT

    Wonder if they’ll get John Stamos as his drumming coach/double?

    • JoMarch

      Just saw John Stamos playing with the BB Saturday night. He’s great.

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  • harry

    busy boy!

  • Dean

    This is awesome. I’m a huge fan of The Beach Boys and have always been interested Dennis in particluar. The man wrote some truly beautiful songs and Pacific Ocean Blue is a must have for fans of the brilliant mid/late-period Beach Boys music. Seems like a good casting choice and I’m excited to learn about this project.

  • kari

    this is what i see “The star who played Harvey Dent in 2008′s The Dark Knight will also serve as an executive producer on The Drummer, which is being helmed by Bottle Shock‘s Randall Miller and Jody Savin.”
    It’s not saying he’s coming back for this movie!

  • the Dude

    The best closeted actor in Hollywood now that Zach Quinto is out.

  • Ken

    The article called the album Pacific Blue Ocean. Can that be corrected?

  • Jerry

    I’m glad a movie is being made about Dennis Wilson, it’s about time! I wore out my original copies of ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ years ago. I really like the blue vinyl 3-LP set Sundazed issued a few years back. Now maybe Dennis will get the respect he deserves and some people will stop calling him ‘just The Beach Boys’ drummer.”

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