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Paul Dano ("There Will Be Blood," "Ruby Sparks," "Looper") will play the role of Brian Wilson in a forthcoming movie about the Beach Boys, THR reports. Bill Pohland will direct "Love & Mercy," a film that will focus on Wilson's life.

The movie depicts Wilson's career trajectory and his relationship with his wife, Melinda. Wilson's well-documented struggle with mental illness also figures prominently in the script. Two actors will actually play Wilson in the film. Dano will portray the younger Wilson, and the older has yet to be cast.

Pohland previously produced "The Tree of Life" and "Into the Wild."

The Beach Boys had a dramatic 2012, coming off of a hot reunion tour and subsequently splitting up. Member Mike Love elected not to include three other members in post-50th Reunion Tour events, releasing the following statement: "The post-50th anniversary configuration will not include Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. »

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