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Actor lined up to play young Brian Wilson in forthcoming film Love and Mercy, which Bill Pohlad is set to direct

The long-mooted biopic of musician and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson is finally taking shape, with reports emerging that There Will Be Blood actor Paul Dano has been cast as Wilson in the early part of his career.

The project, currently titled Love and Mercy, is set to range widely over Wilson's life and work, which began with a blaze of glory in the 60s with surfer-pop act the Beach Boys, before the cancellation of the Smile album in 1967 and Wilson's subsequent battles with mental illness and drug addiction. Wilson finally debuted Smile in a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 2004, which presaged a fully fledged career revival.

The movie was first announced a year ago by producer-director Bill Pohlad, whose most recent project was the »

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