Bill Pohlad, a producer on The Runaways, director of the excellent Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, is back with another film charting the life of famous rockers. Dreamin’ Wild stars Casey Affleck as Donnie Emerson, with Walton Goggins as Joe Emerson, singer/songwriters whose music in the 1970s went largely ignored, but found legions of fans when it was rediscovered decades later.
Affleck and Goggins are joined by a strong cast that includes Noah Jupe, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zooey Deschanel, Chris Messina, and Beau Bridges. Not a single weak link in the bunch.
As seen in the new trailer, the Emersons find that their sudden fame and recognition of their musical talent causes a lot of emotional baggage to resurface.
The film is based on Steven Kurutz’s book, Fruitland.
Here’s the synopsis: Dreamin’ Wild, the true story of love and redemption, is about what happened to singer/songwriter Donnie Emerson and his family when the album he and his brother recorded as teens was rediscovered after thirty years of obscurity and was suddenly hailed by music critics as a lost masterpiece. While the album’s rediscovery brings hopes of second chances, it also brings long-buried emotions as Donnie, his wife Nancy, brother Joe, and father Don Sr. come to terms with the past and their newly found fame.
Dreamin’ Wild opens in theaters August 4th.