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Penn Badgley Lands Jeff Buckley Biopic Film And Robert Pattinson Is Devastated He Didn't Get The Part!

Wed, June 15, 2011 1:38pm EDT by 72 Comments

‘Gossip Girl’ star Penn Badgley beats out Robert Pattinson and James Franco for the lead role in the much-desired Jeff Buckley biopic movie! A source tells all to

Poor Robert Pattinson! The actor was working hard to score the role of Jeff Buckley, the famous musician who died young at age 30, in a biopic movie about his life. Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley snagged the part instead, a source exclusively tells “Robert Pattinson is devastated he’s lost out on the one role he really wanted,” says our insider. “It was down to Rob, James Franco and Penn for the part, and Rob was really pushing himself to get it.”

Our source continues, “Rob hasn’t heard ‘no’ a lot lately, so he’s really bummed. He was passionate about this project.” Things were looking good for Rob, who was reportedly “obsessed” with landing the lead. Jeff Buckley’s mother and executive producer of the movie Mary Guibert, 62, even weighed in, saying “Robert is a fine young actor. I’m flattered he’s been linked to this project. When the time comes we’ll give everybody an opportunity to be seen and heard.” Producer Michelle Sy confirmed Rob was “keen” on the part as well, and also revealed they are looking for someone who can “play music and sing”.

Although Rob is disappointed he didn’t get the role, Penn is over the moon. “Penn is thrilled to get this role and thinks it’s the film of a lifetime,” our insider confesses. “He’s been trying to push out of the ‘Gossip Girl’ image and knows this film will be the perfect opportunity to do so.” Congrats Penn!

Jake Scott is set to direct and Ryan Jaffe is writing the script for the highly anticipated movie.

UPDATE: The LA Times spoke with Orian Williams, one of the co-producers of the film, who said Penn hasn’t landed the role at this time. “Penn is not involved in the film at all,” Williams said in a phone interview. “It’s crazy how these stories get out.”‘s source is still standing by the story — but we’ll keep you updated with the inside scoop of what’s going on!

UPDATE #2: There are two Jeff Buckley movies! Sorry for the confusion. Please read our explanation and full update here.

Watch the video below of Penn singing and tell us — do you think he’ll do a great job playing Jeff Buckley? Or would you prefer Robert Pattinson?

Reporting by Kirstin Benson

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