‘Dreamin’ Wild’: Casey Affleck, Noah Jupe, Jack Dylan Grazer To Star In Music Biopic From ‘Love & Mercy’ Director

Back in 2014, mega-producer Bill Pohlad took to the camera and directed Love & Mercy, a terrific biopic on Beach Boys member Dennis Wilson. Now Pohlad is back with his next feature, this one a star-studded drama about another eclectic musical act, only this one was mostly unknown until very recently.

Pohlad will direct Dreamin’ Wild, and if that title means anything to you then you are probably a ’70s rock aficionado. The film is based on the story of Donnie and Joe Emerson, brothers from Fruitland, Washington who self-produced and self-released their debut album Dreamin’ Wild in 1979. The album, a mix of rock, R&B, funk, soul, and country, went largely unknown until it was discovered by chance in 2008 and turned the siblings into stars.

The film will center on the brothers following Dreamin’ Wild‘s rediscovery, and the memories it dredges up. Casey Affleck and Noah Jupe will play versions of Donnie, with Walton Goggins and Jack Dylan Grazer as Joe. Also in the cast are Zooey Deschanel, Beau Bridges, and Chris Messina.

Filming on Dreamin’ Wild has already started in Spokane, Washington.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.