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Penn Badgley to star in Jeff Buckley biopic

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 20th, 2011

Over the past few years, one of the most talked-about biopics around has been the one surrounding the life of beloved singer Jeff Buckley.

Well, the wait’s over. Smuggler Films has announced (via Deadline) that Penn Badgley will star in one of two films set to chronicle Buckley, which is currently titled GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY.

The film was penned by Dan Algrant, Emma Sheashang, and David Brendel, and will be directed by Dan Algrant. GREETINGS will follow “the true story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert, he comes to understand the father who abandoned him. Culminating in a cathartic performance of his father’s most famous songs, Jeff’s debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time.”

While I’m not a huge fan of Badgley as an actor, I think he’s a great choice. This was a hotly contested for role, one that many of the film world’s biggest names were hunted for, and he definitely looks the part. I think it’s a really intriguing choice, and this is definitely one of the more interesting biopics around.

That said, this isn't the most intriguing Jeff Buckley biopic out there. Jake Scott is currently working on one as well, but it remains to be seen which take on the musician's life will be hitting theaters first. What do you think?

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