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.