Rupert Grint of "Harry Potter" fame and Chloe Grace Moretz, who recently appeared in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," have been cast together in "The Drummer," a biopic about Dennis Wilson, the iconic 1960s rock group The Beach Boys' late drummer.
The musician, who died in 1983, is played by "The Dark Knight" actor Aaron Eckhart. Principal photography is set to begin on June 15, to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of The Beach Boys, according to the movie's studio, Unclaimed Freight Productions.
Grint played Harry Potter's best friend Ron Weasley in the hit fantasy film series, which was released between 2001 and 2011. (See photos of Rupert Grint and the rest of the "Harry Potter" cast through the years). In "The Drummer," the 23-year-old British actor will portray Stan Shapiro, the "wide-eyed" mailroom intern at talent agency William Morris, who "became a close friend and confidante" to Wilson, the studio said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Thursday, March 15.
The drummer struggled with alcohol and drug abuse throughout his life and drowned in 1983 at age 39 after a day of drinking. He had dived off a boat in Marina Del Rey, near Los Angeles.
"Rupert's character is the window into Dennis' world," director and co-writer Randall Miller said. "He is the everyman who witnesses the train wreck. Rupert is going to nail it."
"He is a brilliant young actor whose range exceeds his already stunning body of work," added screenwriter Jody Savin.
Moretz, who is from Atlanta, Georgia, will play the drummer's daughter, Jennifer, who was also his "best friend through some of the darkest times in his life," the statement said. Moretz, 15, earned praise for her role as Isabelle in "Hugo," which won five Oscars at this year's Academy Awards in February, also received no acting nods.
Miller called Moretz "the finest actress of her generation, saying: "She understands the complex blend of innocence and savvy, toughness and vulnerability that defines the character. Moretz was the first and only choice for the role."
"Chloe gets it - the love and the fear, the hope and the heartbreak," Savin added. "When we sat down to discuss the role, we felt like we were speaking with a veteran actress in her 30's or 40's."
"The Drummer" also stars Vera Farmiga, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the 2009 movie "Up In The Air." The actress is playing Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie, who was involved romantically with Wilson.
Miller previously directed films such as "Bottle Shock" and "Houseguest" and episodes of show such as "Popular" and "Jack & Jill." "The Drummer" will be shot in California and Savannah, Georgia.
Wilson was buried at sea in the Pacific Ocean and his solo song "Farewell My Friend" was played at his funeral.
Wilson was the only surfer among his fellow founding Beach Boys band mates, made up of brothers Brian and Carl, cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, when the California-based group recorded their first hit single, "Surfin,'" which was released in 1961. More surfing-themed hits would follow, such as "Surfin' USA."
Wilson's brother Carl, the band's lead guitarist, died at age 51 in 1998 after battling lung and brain cancer.
The band has recorded and performed with several other musicians, including guitarist David Marks and keyboard player Bruce Johnston. The two are set to join Wilson's brother Brian, Love and Jardine on a 50th anniversary tour, starting in April in Arizona.