Brian Wilson turned out a fair number of iconic musical moments in his career, especially during his Beach Boys days. But, like so many other talented artistic types, there was a lot more to him lurking beneath the legend.
Prolific producer-turned director Bill Pohlad called the shots for this one, working from a script by Michael A. Lerner (Deadlines) and Oren Moverman (I'm Not There). Love & Mercy charts two periods in Wilson's life, his younger days (played by Paul Dano) where we see him at his creative peak, and during difficult times post-nervous breakdown (played by John Cusack).
The movie aims to show both sides of his nature and his attitude to the fame and fortune that came along with his talents – both the good and the bad – plus his attempts to work through them with controversial therapist Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).
With Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones), Kenny Wormald (Footloose) and Dee Wallace (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) among the cast, Love & Mercy premiered at this years Toronto Film Festival and heads to American screens on 5 June. The film has yet to find a UK distributor.