Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl, Easy A) has been cast in Greetings from Tim Buckley, the much anticipated indie project from Smuggler Films, according to THR. Badgley will play Tim’s son, Jeff.
There was much speculation as to the casting of Jeff Buckley with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars interested in playing the music icon.
Greetings from Tim Buckley is the first film to be made about the musicians, it was written by Dan Algrant (Naked in New York, People I Know), Emma Sheanshang, David Brendel, with Algrant also taking on directing duties.
Greetings will tell the story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s 1991 appearance at his father’s tribute concert at St. Ann’s church. It will focus on how Jeff comes to understand his father (who abandoned him at a young age) through his own relationship with a girl working at the concert and his mesmerizing performance at the concert which jump started his career.
Smuggler Films’ Patrick Milling Smith talked about the casting stating, “In its purest form this is a father and son story, a rite of passage that is made possible by a romantic journey Jeff finds himself on. We see Jeff accepting who he is to become and laying to rest the ghost of his father while ultimately finding his voice. We had been searching well over a year for an actor that can come close to Jeff’s sprit while also having the serious musical chops required to authentically tell his story. Penn’s audition blew us away and we knew we found our star.”
Tim Buckley died in 1977 after a drug overdose and Jeff Buckley died in 1997 in a drowning in Tennessee.
Another Buckley film, which will be based on the biography Dream Brother by David Browne is also in the works, although no casting news has been announced for the project.
Check out the clips below of both Jeff and Tim Buckley: