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Back in October, reports surfaced that 'The Dark Knight' star Aaron Eckhart would be taking on a dramatic role in the biopic 'The Drummer' - based around the final years of Beach Boys drummer/songwriter Dennis Wilson. In the latest news, it seems that the cast is gradually building, with both Chloe Moretz ('Let Me In', 'Kick-Ass') and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the 'Harry Potter' films) joining the cast in secondary roles. Moretz is set to play Wilson's daughter Jennifer (who is co-producing the film in real life) while Grint has signed on to portray Stan Shapiro- a former William Morris mail room intern who befriended Wilson in the later part of his life and became his confidante.
The film chronicles the last six years of Wilson's life - a blur of alcohol and substance abuse while Wilson crafted some of the most iconic music for the band that ended with him tragically drowning in Marina Del Rey in 1983, shortly after the release of his first solo album, 'Pacific Ocean Blue'. The film also stars Vera Farmiga ('Up in the Air') as Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie, and will reportedly feature all new re-recorded versions of Wilson's songs, sung by the actors (yes, that includes Eckhart singing and performing the songs himself).
For Moretz, this is just another in a long line of dramatic roles that seem to be excellently vetted by her (or her agent). However, for Rupert Grint this will be the first major film he'll be appearing in stateside since the conclusion of the massively popular 'Harry Potter' franchise. It will be interesting to see how he does in the role and whether it leads to a successful career outside the stigma of being a child actor in a successful film series. Co-star Daniel Radcliffe seems to be making quite the go of it, so best of luck to them both.