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Aaron Eckhart Cast as Dennis Wilson

Will also executive produce film about Beach Boys drummer

October 17, 2011 12:15 PM ET
Actor Aaron Eckhart
Actor Aaron Eckhart
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Aaron Eckhart has been cast as Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in The Drummer, a film based on the life of the late musician. Eckhart, who has been in negotiations for the role for several months, will also serve as executive producer for the film and record his own versions of tracks from Wilson's 1977 solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue.

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The Drummer is currently scheduled to begin shooting in late spring. The movie will focus on the last six years of Wilson's life as he struggled with alcoholism, leading up to his death by drowning in 1983.

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