Jared Leto, James Franco, James Marsden and Robert Pattinson in the race for Jeff Buckley Biopic?

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
June 11th, 2009

In 2006, it was announced that MYSTERY WHITE BOY - a biopic about the short life and mysterious drowning of musician Jeff Buckley - would be made. It was a long process in the making because, at the time, Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, wasn't interested in her son's story being made just yet.  However, Guibert has now stated, "I have finally relented against my deep conviction that films about people should never be made until those people are long dead.''

Rumor has it that Jared Leto, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and James Marsden are all interested in the project, but Buckley's mother is quick to let them know it's not going to be easy, "Whoever gets the part will need a lot of self-discipline because they won't be able to fake it."

According to Australian newspaper, the Courier-Mail, Guibert will oversee the film project with producers Michelle Sy (FINDING NEVERLAND) and Orion Williams (CONTROL). The script will be brewed by Ryan Jaffe (THE ROCKER).

Jeff Buckley mysteriously drowned in 1997, leaving an unfinished record and hit song "Hallelujah" behind.

Source The Courier Mail via Paste Magazine

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/KateErbland KateErbland

    I'd love to see Marsden try this – I think he has a lot of talent and needs an amazing project to really flex it. Leto isn't a bad choice, either.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ChaseWhale ChaseWhale

    At first I was thinking Franco, but he's already been James Dean, so I dunno how being two cultural icons would work for audiences.

    Not so sure about Mardsen, or anybody else on this list for that matter. I need to think about who I'd cast.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/maerock Mae Rock

    James Franco looks SOO much like him, and is a talented actor. I think it would really be eerie (in a good way) with Franco playing Buckley.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lizrox04 Lizrox04

    I would have to agree with Mae Rock, James looks so much like him.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/hilaryholcomb hilaryholcomb

    I agree. I'd pick Franco for the part.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ChaseWhale ChaseWhale

    I think it's pretty much unanimous – James Franco for the Buckley!

    I really think James can pull this off, but would you be thinking of him as James Dean during the process? Nobody's played two iconic people before.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/KateErbland KateErbland

    Don't forget Ginsberg!

  • http://twitter.com/gandthew/statuses/2120359289 gandthew (gordon and the whale)

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  • http://twitter.com/warholreject/statuses/2120425032 warholreject (Alexander Flores)

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  • http://twitter.com/nerver/statuses/2120497651 nerver (merritt martin)

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  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/Garage_Sail Garage_Sail

    He sure looks like him, but I'll never fall to the sorcery he casts to convince people he's a good actor.

    Marsden is probably the better choice, even if he doesn't look as close to the real deal.

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