The trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy was released and gave us a good look at just how they pulled off the dual casting of Paul Dano and John Cusack and the young/old Brian Wilson. Paul Dano looks Oscar worthy in what could be a career defining performance for him and John Cusack looks better than he has in years. The two could also be dueling for Best Actor Oscar nominations if Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions play their cards right.
The film tells the story of the two most critical periods in the life of Brian Wilson, the main singer-songwriter behind the enormously successful group The Beach Boys. Wilson, ever the experimenter and revolutionary of the group, pushes the band from their boy next door roots to venture into more complicated music where their success and path often paralleled what The Beatles were doing at the time. Written by Michael A. Lerner and Oscar nominee Oren Moverman (The Messenger, 2009), the film feels more like the handiwork of Moverman, who previously worked with the multiple casting concept of Todd Haynes’ non-biopic of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There (2007). Directed by Bill Pohlad, who hasn’t helmed a film in 15 years, he nonetheless has been carving out a place on the production side of filmmaking, most recently with Wild (2014) and 12 Years a Slave (2013) and earning an Oscar nomination for The Tree of Life (2011).
The film debuted at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and has been doing the festival circuit since then, making stops this year at South by Southwest, Nashville, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Francisco before its national release from Lionsgate and Roadside Pictures on June 5, 2015.
Check out the trailer below: