Paul Dano to play Brian Wilson

Paul Dano, the 'Looper' and 'There Will Be Blood' actor, has been confirmed to play the young Brian Wilson in the new biopic of the Beach Boys' songwriter.

The forthcoming film, currently titled 'Love and Mercy', is set to be directed by 'Tree Of Life' producer Bill Pohlad and to be written by Oren Moverman, while Trent Reznor looks set to work on the soundtrack.

Paul Dano (Credit: Wenn)

Moverman seems an ideal choice as he has previous experience working on musical biopics with the Bob Dylan film 'I'm Not There'. He also co-scripted last year's gritty cop thriller, 'Rampart'.

'Love and Mercy' will look at Wilson's career from his early days as a founder of the Beach Boys as well as chronicling his notorious struggles with mental illness. 

Dano's most recent project has also involved him playing a musician in the indie drama 'For Ellen' which has been a hit at this year's Sundance Festival.