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In The Works: Farmiga and Eckhart to Play Dennis Wilson & Christine McVie in 'The Drummer'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2012 at 1:44PM

Aaron Eckhart and Vera Farmiga will star in "The Drummer," about Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie.
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Eckhart, Farmiga | Wilson & McVie
Eckhart, Farmiga | Wilson & McVie

Aaron Eckhart and Vera Farmiga will star in "The Drummer," about Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie. Randall Miller is directing and sharing the producing duties with scripter Jody Savin and Rad Rosenberger. The story follows Wilson and McVie during their "passionate and tumultuous" six-year relationship prior to Wilson's death in 1983. Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me" was co-written by McVie, and said to be inspired by her relationship with Wilson (watch the music video below). Miller says the combo of Eckhart and Farmiga (which will include musical duets) "will be pure magic." Shooting is set to kick off in June. Here's more.

Next up for Farmiga is "Safe House" (February 10). Eckhart has finished shooting Philipp Stölzl's "The Expatriate" and is in production on Peter Pan adaptation "Pan," with director Ben Hibon and co-stars Sean Bean, AnnaSophia Robb and Terence Stamp.


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.