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Paul Dano set for ‘Ellen’

So Yong Kim directs story of indie rocker

Paul Dano will star in the indie drama “For Ellen.” So Yong Kim (“In Between Days”) is directing from her screenplay.

Story centers on a struggling indie rocker who, after nearly wrecking his car during an overnight long-distance drive, arrives in a small Midwestern town to deal with his impending divorce. Jon Heder has signed on to co-star.

Jen Gatien and Bradley Rust Gray are producing; Dano, Dave Berlin and Tricia Quick exec produce. Project, which shoots in upstate New York next month, is being financed by Deerjen Films.

Dano (“There Will Be Blood,” “Where the Wild Things Are”) stars in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “The Extra Man,” which premieres at Sundance this month. Last year, he starred in and exec produced “Gigantic.”

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