Penn Badgley bags title role in Jeff Buckley biopic?

Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley has been reported by HollywoodLife.com to have been cast in the lead role in a new forthcoming biopic about the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. If it’s true, Robert Pattinson must be mighty pissed off with the decision, as apparently he was desperately hoping to bag the role, but Penn is alleged to have fought off stiff competition from both Pattinson and the extremely talented James Franco to secure the job (which is no mean feat!). However, the film’s co-producer has since denied the rumours, so it could very well be a load of nonsense.

Based on the book The Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley by David Browne, the movie will cover Buckley’s life as a musician up until his untimely death by drowning in the Wolf River Harbour, Mississippi, at aged 30. Obviously, I’m a big fan of Jeff Buckley, the man’s been so influential on the music industry since his death – he’s basically the reason why Thom Yorke decided to sing in a falsetto voice. Buckley’s vocal style has also proved influential on Coldplay’s Chris Martin, but let’s not think about that, shall we? You can’t have everything!

It’s great to see there’s a biopic being made on Jeff Buckley, and Penn Badgley does bear more than a passing resemblance to him, so it’ll be intriguing to see how they pull this off if he’s the one they’ve cast. Although, it is being scripted by Ryan Jaffe, whose last screenplay The Rocker wasn’t exactly the most critically revered of films, but let’s not pre-judge things. Let’s hope Robert Pattinson doesn’t get cast, that’s all I can say – all he’d do is turn it into a mope-fest for teenybopping Twilight lovers!

In the meantime, to remind you of Buckley’s talent and his incredibly moving voice, here’s “Last Goodbye,” one of my favourite songs by him. Enjoy!

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