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Vera Farmiga to play Fleetwood Mac singer in The Drummer

The Oscar nominated actress joins Aaron Eckhart in the Beach Boys film and will play singer-songwriter Christine McVie. W2 is co-financing the project and represents international sales.

Production is set to commence in Southern Georgia on Jun 15 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys.

Randall Miller will direct from Jody Savin’s screenplay, which chronicles the last six years of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson’s life. Wilson and McVie had a passionate relationship and served as each other’s muses and confidants.

Farmiga will use her classical piano training in the production and will sing. “She has a number of duets with Eckhart in the film,” Miller said.  The combination of Aaron and Vera will be pure magic.”

For his part, Eckhart is deep into drum training and is also learning piano fundamentals and undergoing vocal training.

Miller and Savin are producing through their Unclaimed Freight Productions label along with Brad Rosenberger, the former svp of Warner-Chappell Music Group who brought the project to the filmmakers. 

Gerry DeKlerk and Irene Nelson of Rampart Films serve as executive producers alongside Jim Guercio of Caribou Records and W2 head of sales Julie Sultan.

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