Last month we got our first look at Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark actor Reeve Carney in character as the late Jeff Buckley in a planned as-yet-untitled new biopic film about his life. Today, courtesy of Life & Style magazine, we get our first look at Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley also in character as Jeff Buckley in a competing biopic film titled Greetings from Tim Buckley. Wanna see what Badgley looks like as Buckley? Check out the photo below.
Penn Badgley doesn’t just act — he’s proving he can sing, too! Sources on set of the upcoming biopic, Greetings From Tim Buckley, tell Life & Style exclusively that the Gossip Girl star’s performance is stunning. “We were watching him while he was doing a shockingly spot-on and gorgeous vocal performance as Jeff Buckley,” an on-set source tells Life & Style. “And that’s no small feat!” In June, it was announced that the 24-year-old had landed the much-gunned-for role, which everyone from Twilight’s Robert Pattinson to James Franco and Jared Leto were trying to nab. “People will not believe it’s Penn singing,” the source tells Life & Style. “Everyone has been pleasantly surprised — he actually has the chops! His fans will love him even more after this movie.” The film follows the true story of the days following an unknown Jeff’s famous 1991 performance at his deceased musician father Tim’s tribute concert at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Church. Jeff’s debut stunned the audience and launched his music career, which the film follows. Jeff passed away in 1997 at the age of 30 after an accidental drowning in Wolf River Harbor in Memphis, Tenn. The movie began filming in Brooklyn over the summer. “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,” Penn said in a statement. “I’m going to give all I can to this project.”
HMMM … honestly, I never heard that Penn got this role. The first Buckley biopic I heard about was the one that will star Reeve Carney. IMHO, Reeve looks much more like Jeff Buckley than Penn Badgley does so on that accord, Reeve has the advantage. We’ll have to wait and HEAR what the actors sound like when they are singing. Jeff Buckley had a very beautiful, very distinctive voice. The success of either of these films will depend not only on the acting but on the singing as well. I’m sure Penn will do as good as job as he can but my gut tells me that Reeve Carney will do the better job. As for this first look at Penn as Jeff … what do y’all think? Impressed … or no?