Gemma Arterton, Olivia Thirlby and Harry Treadaway have signed on to the Jeff Buckley biopic “Mystery White Boy” which Jake Scott (“Welcome to the Rileys”) is directing reports The Daily Mail.
Buckley (to be played by Reeve Carney) emerged on the club scene in New York City in the early 1990s and recorded his only studio album “Grace” in 1994. After two years of touring, Buckley had begun work on his second album when he drowned in a boating accident in 1997 at the age of thirty. Since his death, his work has gone on to achieve success and acclaim, most notably his cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
Arterton would play a character who represents the partying women in his life, while Thirlby stands in for the more responsible partners with whom he enjoyed relationships. Treadaway will play Buckley’s first drummer Matt Johnson.
The filmmakers have been granted full access to Buckley’s catalog of music and will shoot the project in New York and Memphis. Carney starred in the famously troubled stage production “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark”.
This is not to be confused with Dan Algrant’s already shot “Greetings from Tim Buckley” at Smuggler Films which stars Penn Badgley as Buckley who reconnects with his estranged father Tim by singing at a tribute concert for his folk-singer dad.