Paul Dano will star opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s (Punch Drunk Love) drama There Will Be Blood. Dano, still riding high on the wake of his Sundance Film Festival hit Little Miss Sunshine, is set to play a gifted and charismatic young preacher who captivates churchgoers. Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York) will portray a tycoon who strikes it rich after gaining oil rights to a family’s ranch, turning the small town where Dano’s character preaches into a boomtown. Although Anderson is shrouding the turn of the century period piece in secrecy, further reports state that Mary Elizabeth Barrett and David Willis are set to join the cast, though neither are attached as yet. The film is loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil!
Dano is keeping busy lately riding the wake of the success of “Sunshine”, in which he played Dwayne, a member of the Hoover family, whose journey from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach for the “Little Miss Sunshine” Pageant leads to laughs, love and life lessons for the family. The film whose rights were recently purchased for a festival record $10 million, garnered a reported $51,000 per screen in limited release over the weekend. Dano is next scheduled to be filmed for the first time on digital video for the Spike Jonze adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are for Warner Brothers Pictures. For the film, Dano will be shot on digital video to portray a monster, with his movements and voice used as the model for a live-action puppet.
When he is not pursuing his ever expanding acting career, Dano handles lead guitar and vocals for the Wilton, Connecticut based Cherry Revision. On his website Dano is quoted as saying, “Most of it is acoustic rock with congas and bongos, lots of vocal harmonies with a reggae influence and Phish-type sound.” Dano has been award numerous festivals awards and has also appeared in 5 Broadway plays.