Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley is confirmed to play Jeff Buckley in Greetings from Tim Buckley. Badgley is said to be thrilled to have scored the ‘sacred’ role in the film which chronicles the time leading up to the singer’s performance at his late father’s tribute ceremony. The film will be directed by co-writer Dan Algent.
“To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood and mythologized as a human being. It’s something very special and sacred. I’m going to give all I can to this project.” Badgley revealed.
Greetings from Tim Buckley is based on true events which happened in the time leading up to Tim Buckley’s 1991 tribute concert, where Jeff romanced a young woman working at the event and through the relationship came to understand the father who abandoned him as a child.
The story ends with a performance of some of Tim’s most famous songs, which goes on to launch Jeff’s career.
Shooting is scheduled to begin in August.
Jeff tragically drowned at the age of 30 after spontaneously deciding to go swimming fully clothed in a channel of the Mississippi River in 1997. He only released one album, the critically acclaimed ‘Grace’, during his lifetime and had been in Memphis to record the follow-up to the 1994 LP.
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