Actor John Cusack is reportedly in talks to play Beach Boy Brian Wilson in the forthcoming biographical film Love & Mercy.

According to the Guardian producers hope Cusack, 46, will play the musician in later life, focusing on Wilson's long battle with mental illness.

Up and comer Paul Dano, best known for There Will Be Blood, has already been confirmed to play the younger Wilson role.

The film is said to present an unconventional look at Wilson's life that 'reimagines seminal moments… from his artistic genius to his profound struggles and the love that keeps him alive.'

Wilson has reportedly given the project his blessing. Responding to the news of Dano's casting, he told Rolling Stone: 'I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career. I still can't believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen. It just makes me feel so humble. I can't wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn.'

Irish American "High Fidelity" star John CusackPhotograph: Karen Robinson