Penn Badgley to star in Jeff Buckley’s biopic

June 23rd, 2011 - 12:41 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Los Angeles, June 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Actor Penn Badgley is all set to star in Jeff Buckley’s biopic. The other contenders for the role were James Franco and Robert Pattinson, but the dark horse Penn pipped them to the post.

The star of ‘Gossip Girl’ Penn Badgley is now going to enact the character of Jeff Buckley in the upcoming movie – ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’.

The movie project is being handled and overseen by Mary Guibert, who is also Jeff’s mother. She also said that it would be a very challenging role and she thinks that Penn would fit the bill totally.

Penn also said in a statement that he felt honored that he was chosen for such a challenging and inspiring role.

The producer Patrick Milling Smith said in a statement that, “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,” Smith said. “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 spirit while also having the serious musical chops required to authentically tell this story. Penn’s audition blew us away and we knew we found our star.”

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