Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley to play the late Jeff Buckley
Posted by: Zack Bruce
Currently there are two films in the pipeline about late musician Jeff Buckley; one is a biopic and the other is not. Today’s news comes from the latter and is titled, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY.
This project is a Father/Son drama which follows, “the true story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert, he comes to understand the father who abandoned him. Culminating in a cathartic performance of his father’s most famous songs, Jeff’s debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time.”
Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley has been chosen to play the younger of the Buckley’s. The actor said this on the role, “To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood and mythologized as a human being… It’s something very special and sacred. I’m going to give all I can to this project.” Badgley apparently blew the producers away with his audition.
Tim Buckley died of a drug overdose at 28 in 1977. His son Jeff died of an accidental drowning at the age of 30 in 1997. The film will start shooting in August and will be helmed by Dan Algrant (NAKED IN NEW YORK).