Aaron Eckhart Cast In Beach Boys' Biopic, 'The Drummer'

10/17/2011 02:15 pm ET | Updated Dec 17, 2011

While he may be boozing it up with Johnny Depp in "Rum Diary," looks like Aaron Eckhart is California Dreamin'.

Variety reports that Eckhart will be playing the Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in Randy Miller's biopic "The Drummer."

The film chronicles Wilson's final six years before his death in 1983. "There's a discovery about Dennis with this film," Miller told Variety. "Everybody knows Brian, but nobody really knows Dennis' music."

It was a tall order to find someone who had the music and acting chops to play the legend, Miller said.

Eckhart, who will next headline "I, Frankenstein," will fully immerse himself in Wilson's character by recording renditions from his only solo album "Pacific Ocean Blue."

Filming is scheduled to begin summer 2012.

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