Penn Badgley has won the role of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley in the forthcoming film, Greetings From Tim Buckley. Although it was rumoured that the Gossip Girl heartthrob was competing against Robert Pattinson to the role, it’s now been revealed that the Twilight hunk is in the running to play Buckley in another film about his life. It is thought that Badgley, who plays Serena Van der Woodsen’s on-off love interest in hit TV show Gossip Girl, did beat out 127 Hours' James Franco to play the part of the singer, who drowned in 1997 at the age of 30.
Greetings From Tim Buckley, which starts filming in NYC at the end of the summer, focuses on the lead-up to Jeff Buckley’s 1991 tribute concert to his father, Tim Buckley.
Of the role, Badgley said: "To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood and mythologised as a human being ... It's something very special and sacred. I'm going to give all I can to this project.
We can’t for the actor to bust out his big-screen acting chops!
By Maria Milano