John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti team up for Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions upcoming film LOVE & MERCY, showing the rise and fall of, singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson .
The official synopsis is as follows:
LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
This week a new vibrant poster was released and makes me instantly think of that Barenaked Ladies song, “Brian Wilson,” which I, thanks to this poster, can not get out of my head.
John Cusack & Paul Dano will both take on the role of Brian Wilson at different points through life, with Cusack taking on the older Wilson. Elizabeth Banks will portray Wilson’s second wife Melinda Ledbetter and psychotherapist Dr. Eugene Landy will be played by Paul Giamatti. In early reviews after the 2014 Sundance Film Festival the film received praise for its unconventional approach to a biography and for the films original score by composer Atticus Ross.
LOVE & MERCY, directed by Bill Pohlad, is already receiving loads of praise, but none as important that that of Brian Wilson himself, who says the film “get’s it right.” In an interview with The LA Times Wilson talked about watching the film for the first time, what parts where hard to sit through, and even his favorite scene. But perhaps the best praise came from Melinda Wilson of John Cusack’s performance of Wilson in the later years saying:
“He’s amazing, I don’t know how he did it — he just morphed himself into Brian.”
Both Cusak and Dano took the roles very seriously. Cusak spent as much time with Brian and Melinda that he could “without being the guest that wouldn’t leave.” Dano took it seriously as well and truly enjoyed the role saying:
“Playing Brian is the greatest gift I’ve had as an actor, without question the most fun I’ve ever had, the most rewarding.”
LOVE & MERCY is PG-13 and set to hit theatres on June 5, 2015. Check out the trailer below and let us know if you are excited to see LOVE & MERCY.