Reeve Carney cast as Jeff Buckley in still-untitled biopic


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Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark star Reeve Carney has officially been cast in a film about the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. EW has confirmed the news, initially reported by Deadline, that the actor-singer will play Buckley in the untitled film, to be directed by Jake Scott. There is something of a rush of Buckley biopics in the near future: Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley will play Buckley in the competing biopic Greetings from Tim Buckley, and Australian director Brendan Fletcher is reportedly working on his own adaptation of the biography A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley. The Carney-headlining film, however, is the only one being made with the direct participation of Buckley’s mother, and also has exclusive rights to Buckley’s music. The untitled biopic is scheduled to begin filming in November.

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  • jrs

    He’s Hot!

    • Action Jackson

      Let’s be honest, Buckley was good and yes he did have a couple of good songs, but alot of musicians have a couple of good songs and are never heard from again, his mystique was that he died before we saw him either live up to expectations or not. Odds are he would not have. Instead of a biopic, hire Ken Burns to do a documentary on the man – it can last 1 hour, put it on American Masters on PBS and let that be it.

    • frankie

      never heard of this actor or the songwriter so why are they bothering to make a movie about him!

      • Earl

        Don’t know this guy, but hopefully he’ll do a great job. James Franco was my personal pick. He would have been amazing.

      • Daniel

        Right, because obviously anything frankie hasn’t heard of is of no interest to anybody.

      • rosah

        Because believe it or not the world does not revolve around you. Its very sad that you have never heard of Jeff Buckly! I am only 23 and I love his music and his father Tim Buckley’s music. Have not heard of the actor? So what? He is new and they all have to start somewhere. Plus he can sing!

  • j

    He looks awkward in Spider-Man photos, but he looks Buckley-esque there.

  • Bobby’s Robot

    pretty good choice

  • A

    3 Jeff Buckley movies, 3 Snow White movies…what’s next?

  • Necro

    The Carney-headlining film, however, is the only one being made with the direct participation of Buckley’s mother, and also has exclusive rights to Buckley’s music.

    It’s the only one I want to see featuring Jeff’s music. You can’t separate the man from the music. The others will be pointless.

    • Danny

      Most of Jeff Buckley’s catalog are cover songs, especially the famous ones, so how do they even have the rights? And the one with Penn Badgeley said it secured Hallelujah so…I don’t know who to believe here. Either way, I’ll see both.

  • kate middleton

    Why on earth are they making other movies about him if they can’t use his music?

  • Dumbledore Fluffernutter

    How many Jeff Buckley movies does the world need? Let’s see…ummm…oh, yeah- zero! That’s how many.

  • Katarzyna Nowak

    Never heard of this actor. Straight to DVD.

  • Lisa

    Great choice. He will look the part and has a wonderful voice.

  • The Dude

    It should be noted in the article that the Penn Badgley film is NOT a traditional biopic…whereas most biopics encompass someone’s lifespan, the Badgley film takes place only over a few days (and supposedly right before Buckley broke out and became famous). So yes, there are multiple Buckley projects on the burner, but they aren’t going to be the same movie (much in the same way that all 3 Snow White movies are going to be vastly different, plot-wise as well as tonally).

  • cousinoliver

    *3* biopics about a cult musician whom most people never heard of? Believe it when I see it. When is The Betty Buckley Story coming out?

    • danae

      they aren’t making 3 movies about one musician. one is about tim, jeff’s dad. also, using your argument, we should only make movies about people like justin beiber and britney spears, right? both tim and jeff buckley were very talented and tragically died young. i’m looking forward to seeing these.

      • Marcos

        Nicely put! The ignorance on this page is nauseating. Jeff’s “Grace” is widely considered one of the greatest rock albums ever made, but these idiots have no clue of who he is. There is no accounting for taste and brilliance. I just hope they do him justice.

    • Cara

      How could you have missed the Lifetime Original–“Betty Buckley: Eight Cats is Enough”. It was awesome!

  • sarahgrrl

    Jeff Buckley has a really devoted cult following that will be a built-in audience for any of these movies. Their budgets will probably be fairly small (no special effects necessary). And even though he was never very famous in the U.S., from what I understand he has a large following overseas, especially in Australia. Three movies does seem like overkill, but I’m not that surprised.

    • MJ

      Actually, most of the “cult following” is against the movie(s) being made.

  • Scott

    Actually, pretty much everyone has heard of Jeff Buckley, whether you know it or not. His cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ is one of, if not the, most popular and constantly appears in movies and television. I know it popped up in ‘Lord of War’, for example.

  • laurainthefedora

    How is James Franco not doing this?

  • tracy bluth

    I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan (and personally think it’s a shame he only seems to be known for his cover of “Hallelujah”) but I’m skeptical about both biopics. I’m not sure how I feel about both actors. Maybe that’s just because I’m still sad Heath Ledger can’t play him…

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