Don’t worry, they didn’t fire Gossip Girl hottie Penn Badgley. There are three Jeff Buckleys now. Ain’t showbiz grand?
First, there’s the film you probably already know about, Greetings From Tim Buckley, which will star Penn Badgley as a young Jeff Buckley trying to reconnect with his father. Penn’s youthful charm should serve him well in this role, although he’s going to have to do a pretty impressive acting job for everyone to stop picturing him as Dan Humphrey. Dan Humphrey does not write sad, gorgeous songs. Dan Humphrey secretly works out and gets tricked into doing favors for rich girls.
Then, we have the as-yet untitled one which will star Reeve Carney. It will be directed by Jake Scott (son of Ridley Scott), and has the full support of Jeff’s mother, Mary Guibert, and seems like it’s mainly going to show the happy side of Jeff Buckley. Scott told Deadline that Carney has “the perfect combination of musical prodigy, impish charm, innate intelligence and sensitivity to play Jeff.” I will give it to him that the guy can sing, but is it the right kind of singing?
The third film is still something of a wild card, although it has been in the works the longest. Called A Pure Drop, it will be directed by Brendan Fletcher and written by Train Houston. There’s not much info about it yet, but I’m going to go ahead and guess that it’s based on this book of the same title, which delves into the darker side of Buckley’s life and his struggles with living in the shadow of a father he barely knew.
Which one of these dueling Buckley biopics will you see? I’m going to be bold and put my money on the third one, because I am emo and I like watching pretty guys brood.