Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Robert Pattinson Will Not Portray Jeff Buckley in the Jack Scott Biopic

While it was highly rumored that Robert Pattinson was in talks to portray Jeff Buckly in the Jake Scott directed biopic, we learned this afternoon that this will not be the case --  TU

Reeve Carney Lands Role Of Jeff Buckley In Jake Scott Directed Biopic

Even though “‘Greetings From Tim Buckley” starts shooing this month with Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots leading the film, there are some differences between this project and previously announced Jake Scott directed Jeff Buckley biopic. ‘Greetings’ will take place entirely before Jeff became a star, centering around his 1991 performance at a tribute concert for this father (and thus, the rights for his music aren’t needed, nor have they been granted). Scott’s untitled film, on the other hand, is presenting a much more thorough look at the life of the singer, using David Browne‘s book “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley” as a resource, with full and exclusive access to the Buckley archives. So even though they are competing films, the scope and focus between the two is quite different, and while word on Scott’s film had been quiet for a while, he’s now found his Jeff Buckley.
This afternoon, the filmmakers announced that Reeve Carney (of the band Carney) has landed the plum lead role in the forthcoming film. Carney certainly has the chops to pull off the musical aspects of the job, most notably playing Peter Parker in the infamously disastrous “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” on Broadway (the rest of his band plays in the pit orchestra) and his skills are legit; Carney opened for U2 and Arcade Fire on July 30th, the final date of the Irish band’s massive, two year world tour.

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