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Paul Dano is to play Brian Wilson, the legendary singer/songwriter from The Beach Boys, in an upcoming biopic, Love & Mercy.

2012 was a great year for Dano, as he starred in Ruby Sparks and Looper. Playing the man behind some of the most beloved pop songs in history will no doubt make him the A-Lister he deserves to be, as well as having awards thrown at him from every angle. Love & Mercy will be directed by Bill Pohlad, who is returning to the director’s chair after producing such acclaimed works as Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Terence Malick’s The Tree Of Life (2011). What’s even more exciting is that Atticus Ross has been brought onboard to ‘design the film’s soundscape,’ and creating the music for a film about Brian Wilson will be quite a challenge for anybody. Ross worked with Trent Reznor on the David Fincher »

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