According to IndieWire, the 25-year-old actor will step into the persona of the late tragic icon in the forthcoming film Greetings From Tim Buckley. The film is not, however, the biopic reported on back in April. A little clarification on the two pictures: the biopic is a project of director Jake Scott, son of Ridley Scott, from a script by The Rocker scribe Ryan Jaffe (interesting combo. . . ). That film has Buckleys mother Mary Guibert on board and the rights and blessings of the Jeff Buckley estate. Greetings from Tim Buckley, on the other hand, is in the hands of Dan Algrant with a script he wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel. This one features music from the estate of Jeffs famed father, Tim Buckley, plus Hallelujah, of course.
Whats more, while Greetings is based on fact, it isnt exactly a biography. The logline explains it best:
“Greetings from Tim Buckley follows the true story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckleys eminent 1991 performance at his fathers tribute concert in St. Anns 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 fathers most famous songs, Jeffs debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time.
Call it a historical musical drama. Badgleys claim-to-fame has come from the CW teen-guilty pleasure series Gossip Girl. If that just doesnt scream tortured musical idol, at least know Badgley seems to understand the gravity of the role. To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, he said, misunderstood and mythologized as a human being. . . Its something very special and sacred.
As for that other Buckley project, there hasnt been much motion. While co-producer Orian Williams told the L.A. Times that the role of Jeff would likely go to an unknown, Twilight star Robbert Pattinson has been actively pursuing the role for some time. Apparently actors from teenaged-girl-oriented media are just itching to play legendary musicians.