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
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
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
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 KĂˇri'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
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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