Excuse the headline. Couldn’t resist.
A Jeff Buckley biopic has been in the works for what seems like eternity. Sadly, any chance of the project falling into development hell is now moot. JoBlo reports that the all-important role has been given to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark star Reeve Carney.
For the uninformed, the latter is a troubled Broadway musical featuring your friendly neighbourhood web-slinger, with music from U2’s Bono and The Edge. Just writing those words makes me want to slit a wrist or two.
I’m not sure how Carney’s experience as a stage Peter Parker will help, but at least he’s a singer with a modicum of ability. Check out his mellow tones below.
The untitled film will be directed by Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys) and is based on David Browne’s book, Dream Brother: The Lives & Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley. Scott had the following to say about the announcement:
“We are over the moon that Reeve has agreed to take on this challenging role. I’ve seen him perform several times…he’s been getting ready for this all his life. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he looks so much like Jeff. We are excited to have found in Reeve the perfect combination of musical prodigy, impish charm, innate intelligence & sensitivity to play Jeff.”
He’s going to need more than a resemblance to Buckley to pull this off, but I’m willing to give Spidey a chance. I think I’ll go listen to Grace and mull this one over.