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12 YEARS A SLAVE

PAUL DANO (Tibeats) will play the young 'Brian Wilson' in LOVE AND MERCY, a forthcoming independent feature directed by Academy Award-nominated producer, Bill Pohlad. Written by Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER, RAMPART, I'M NOT THERE), the film follows the reclusive, legendary Beach Boys musician from his successes with highly influential orchestral pop albums to his nervous breakdown and subsequent encounter with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy. LOVE AND MERCY also stars John Cusack as the older Wilson, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti. Academy Award-winning composer Atticus Ross (The Social Network) is working on the sound design of the film and the soundtrack, which will include Wilson's music.

This fall, Dano will appear in award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's PRISONERS. He joins a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Melissa Leo. PRISONERS will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Warner Bros will release the drama about two families whose lives are upturned with their young daughters go missing on September 20.

Last year, Dano reteamed with LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE's Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for the critically acclaimed RUBY SPARKS (Fox Searchlight Pictures), written by and co- starring Zoe Kazan. Dano also garnered positive reviews for his performance as an aspiring rock star and young father in So Yong Kim's FOR ELLEN, (Tribeca Films) and served as an executive producer on both films.

In 2012, Dano also starred opposite Robert De Niro in BEING FLYNN (Focus Features), Paul Weitz's adaptation of Nick Flynn's celebrated memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City and made a pivotal appearance alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller LOOPER (TriStar Pictures).

Dano earned an Independent Spirit Award for 'Best Debut Performance' for his work opposite Brian Cox in Michel Cuesta's L.I.E. For LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, he garnered a second Spirit Award nomination, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for 'Best Young Actor' and a Screen Actors Guild Award (ensemble) with cast mates Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear.

The following year, Dano earned a BAFTA Award nomination for 'Best Supporting Actor' opposite Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's THERE WILL BE BLOOD.

Dano's film credits also include Kelly Reichardt's MEEK'S CUTOFF, Jon Favreau's COWBOYS & ALIENS, Spike Jonze's WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (as the goat-like 'Alexander'), James Mangold's KNIGHT AND DAY, Dagur Kári's THE GOOD HEART with Brian Cox, Matt Aselton's GIGANTIC opposite Zooey Deschanel (which marked his first executive producer credit), Ang Lee's TAKING WOODSTOCK, Richard Linklater's FAST FOOD NATION, James Marsh's THE KING, Rebecca Miller's THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE with Day-Lewis, D.J. Caruso's TAKING LIVES, Luke Greenfield's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, Michael Hoffman's THE EMPEROR'S CLUB and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's THE EXTRA MAN, both with Kevin Kline.

Growing up in Manhattan and Connecticut, Dano began his career on the New York stage with roles in Broadway productions of Inherit the Wind, opposite George C. Scott and Charles Durning and A Christmas Carol, with Ben Vereen and Terrence Mann. Just before his 11th birthday, Dano secured his first job on Broadway as an understudy in the 1995 production of A Month in the Country, with F. Murray Abraham and Helen Mirren. In 2007, Dano returned to the stage in The New Group's off- Broadway production of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want, directed by Ethan Hawke and starring Peter Dinklage, Josh Hamilton, and Zoe Kazan. In late 2010, he appeared with Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def in the world premiere of John Guare's A Free Man of Color, directed by George C. Wolfe at Lincoln Center Theatre.

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