Reeve Carney (“The Tempest”) has signed on to play Jeff Buckley in the untitled biopic about the late musician which Jake Scott (“Welcome to the Rileys”) is directing reports Deadline.
Buckley 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”.
The filmmakers have been granted full access to Buckley’s catalog of music and shooting aims to kick off in November. Carney starred in the famously troubled stage production “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark”.
This is not to be confused with the Dan Algrant-directed rival project “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. That film begins shooting this week in Brooklyn.