If Aaron Eckhart doesn't have musical chops, he better get practicing: the 'Rum Diary' co-star has just signed on to play Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys, a role which requires him to master the drums and piano, do a bit of singing and -- to resemble the '70s-era Wilson -- grow out his beard. (Those of you who loved him best as the biker boyfriend in 'Erin Brockovich,' rejoice.) The Drummer' will follow the last six years of Wilson's life, from the 1977 release of his solo album 'Pacific Ocean Blue' to his death in 1983.
The film has the blessing of the Wilson family, including Carl B. Wilson and Jennifer Wilson, who will co-produce. Eckhart will share executive producing credit with the Beach Boys former manager James William Guerico.

Filming will begin this spring or summer in California and Georgia. Eckhart's next film, 'I, Frankenstein,' starts production in February.

As far as his 'Surfin' USA' qualifications, Eckhart spent some time surfing in Hawaii before landing his first film role.

[via THR]

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