Frank Wood (“Changeling,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”) is set to play songwriter Gary Lucas in the indie biopic “Greetings From Tim Buckley” says Variety.
The story deals with the lead up to the 1991 debut performance of Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) at his father’s tribute concert at St. Ann’s Church, a performance which was the springboard for his own music career.
Ben Rosenfield will play Jeff’s titular father Tim in a film whose cast also includes Imogen Poots and UK pop star Kate Nash. Filling out smaller roles are the likes of Bill Sadler as guitarist Lee Underwood and Anthrax musician Frank Bello as punk innovator Richard Hell. Shooting kicks off today in New York.
Jake Scott’s rival Jeff Buckley biopic meanwhile, which has the music rights from the Buckley estate, won’t be using Jeff’s recordings but will rather feature star Reeve Carney’s voice according to Billboard. That project begins production in the Fall.