Over the weekend talk emerged that “Gossip Girl” and “The Stepfather” actor Penn Badgley had beaten out the likes of Robert Pattinson to play Jeff Buckley in the upcoming biopic about the late singer.
Badgley’s reps quickly shot down the story, telling The Los Angeles Times that “Penn is not involved in the film at all”.
Now the confusion has been cleared up – there are two Jeff Buckley movies in the works, only one of which involves Badgley. The first is being produced by Orian Williams and has the blessing of the Jeff Buckley estate.
Smuggler Films however is developing their own film, which has rights to music from the estate of Jeff’s father Tim Buckley. That project has now issued a press release today confirming Badgley will star as Jeff Buckley in the project which is entitled “Greetings from Tim Buckley”.
The film 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.
Dan Algrant (“People I Know,” “Naked in New York”) helms from a script by Dan Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel. Shooting begins this August in New York City.
Williams’ rival project has Jake Scott attached to direct from a script by Ryan Jaffe (“The Rocker”). No start date or star is yet locked for it.