Aaron Eckhart has been cast in the biopic of the former Beach Boys‘ drummer Dennis Wilson. Directed by Randy Miller, The Drummer is slated to begin shooting late this Spring.

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Eckhart has been in negotiations to play the role of the fallen drummer for several months now.

“We’d been trying to figure out who the right person would be to fill this role,” Miller told Variety. “It’s quite a demanding role so it had to be a great actor who could sing.”

The film will look deeply into the last years of Wilson’s life before his death in 1983. On December 28 of that year, shortly after his 39th birthday, Wilson drowned at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, after drinking all day. He dove from his yacht to recover items he had thrown overboard at the marina three years prior.

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