As we previously reported, Penn Badgley will play Jeff Buckley in a movie, but there was initially confusion over which movie he was in because there are (surprisingly) two being made!
Just as there are two Snow Whites, there are apparently two Jeff Buckley movies in the works. HollywoodLife.com was the first to tell you Penn Badgley would be playing famed musician Jeff Buckley, and we were 100% right about that. What we did get wrong, and we fully admit this, was which Jeff Buckley film he would be starring in. There was miscommunication from our source and we thought Penn was in the Jake Scott-directed flick, but now we know he’s in a movie directed by Dan Algrant called Greetings from Tim Buckley.
The movie will center around the father-son musicians, following the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Penn Badgley says, “To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood & mythologized as a human being… It’s something very special and sacred. I’m going to give all I can to this project.”
Patrick Milling Smith of Smuggler Films reveals, “In its purest form this is a father and son story, a rite of passage that is made possible by a romantic journey Jeff finds himself on. We see Jeff accepting who he is to become and laying to rest the ghost of his father while ultimately finding his voice. We had been searching well over a year for an actor that can come close to Jeff’s spirit while also having the serious musical chops required to authentically tell this story.”
The movie starts shooting this August in NYC.
We have reached out to our source about his tip that Robert Pattinson auditioned for this role and was devastated to lose it. We want to make sure this was not just confusion about the other Jeff Buckley movie, which has yet to start casting at all.
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