A new trailer for Love and Mercy – which tells the story of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson – has arrived online, and we have it for you below…
Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and John Cusack (High Fidelity) both star as Wilson, playing him as a young and old man respectively. The film follows Wilson from the group’s rise in sunny SoCal through the darkness of his burgeoning mental illness. As their popularity soared — making magic in the studio, conquering charts and minds, battling the Beatles (and sometimes winning) — Wilson’s inner demons festered.
The film focuses mainly on Wilson in the 1980’s, when he suffered midlife crisis that could have killed him, to the midlife romance that pretty much saved him. Paul Giamatti (Sideways) co-stars as Eugene Landy, the dodgy shrink who went from helping Wilson to over-medicating him, alongside Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) as Melinda Ledbetter, who met Wilson at a car dealership and became his wife years later.
Bill Pohlad (producer of Wild and 12 Years a Slave) directs from a screenplay by Michael A. Lerner and Oren Moverman, and is released in the US on June 5th, with a UK release still to be confirmed.