John Cusack to play Brian Wilson in Beach Boys movie
John Cusack fans probably don't think it's a far stretch to see their '80s star as a Beach Boys fan. Well, not the Kokomo era Beach Boys... But can you imagine him actually playing a Beach Boy? That's the plan now with Cusack in talks to play Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy.
The Wrap says the indie flick "will take an unconventional look at the life of the Beach Boys leader and explore his legendary battle with mental illness. The film will reimagine seminal moments in Wilson’s life, from his artistic genius to his profound struggles and the love that keeps him alive."
Cusack will play an older Brian Wilson, while actor Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) will play the teen version.
It's obviously not the first time Cusack has played a real character (and no, ladies, Lloyd Dobler isn't real either!) Among his truer-to-live roles: Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Hansen and Richard Nixon.