May 25, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Looks like Reeve Carney‘s Jeff Buckley biopic – which finally has been titled “Mystery White Boy” – has his supporting cast, 6 months after production was set to begin in New York City.
Britain’s Daily Mail is reporting from Cannes Film Festival that Olivia Thirlby, and Brit actors Gemma Arterton and Harry Treadaway have all joined the cast.
One of three films currently in some stage of production based on the life of musician Jeff Buckley who died tragically in a boating accident after only one album, the film is to be directed by Jake Scott (“Welcome to the Rileys”) and is the only one to to have exclusive rights to Buckley’s music and personal archives.
Arterton, a former Bond girl who can next be seen in vampire flick Byzantium with Saoirse Ronan, will play the partying woman in Buckley’s life, whilst Thirlby will represent the more responsible side to Buckley’s relationships.Thirlby broke out as Ellen Page’s dry best frend in the Oscar nominated “Juno” but has been sticking to indie flicks including Sundance entry “Nobody Walks”.
Brit actor Treadaway starred in 2007′s “Control” with Sam Riley and alongisde Ronan in 2008′s “City of Ember”, and will play Buckley’s first drummer, Matt Johnson.
August 23, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Celebrity gossip site Starcasm has secured the first photos from the Brooklyn set of “Greetings From Tim Buckley”, the first of three biopics about late singer Jeff Buckley to go into production. “Gossip Girl” star Penn Badgley has the distinct honor of starring as Jeff Buckley, along with Imogen Poots (also pictured) as his love interest.
In the Dan Algrant directed film, “Greetings” chronicles the four days leading up to Buckley’s revelatory performance in a 1991 tribute concert dedicated to his absent father Tim, which launched his recording career. Poots plays a young woman he meets at the show, and together they “embark on a four-day journey that changes both their lives.” Recently director Jake Scott announced he had chosen Broadway’s “Spider-Man” Reeve Carney to star in his own biopic of Jeff Buckley, which will encompass much more of Buckley’s life and death. A third biopic, tentatively titled “A Pure Drop”, is in development with Australian director Brendan Fletcher at the helm.
Does getting there first matter most? If so, “Greetings” has a jump on the competition. See the first set photos below (by our estimation, Badgley has a passable resemblance to Buckley, though the hair is a bit poofy), and head to Starcasm for more.
August 15, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Reeve Carney, star of Broadway musical Spiderman: Turn off the dark is set to star as Jeff Buckley, in Jake Scott’s untitled biopic of the late musician’s life, reports Deadline. Director Scott described Carney as “the perfect combination of musical prodigy, impish charm, innate intelligence and sensitivity to play Jeff.”
Buckley only released one album before he died in a tragic boating accident. One of three films – all currently in pre-production and claiming to tell different stories about the musician – Scott’s film is a biopic about Buckley’s life, and the only film to have exclusive rights to Buckley’s music and personal archives. The script was penned by Ryan Jaffe, and it will focus on Buckley’s start in New York City, where he played in small clubs, up through the release of “Grace” in 1994 and then his death in 1997. The Dan Algrant-directed film Greeting’s From Tim Buckley, which stars Penn Badgely and Imogen Poots, tells the story of Jeff’s relationship with his father, and the third film is titled A Pure Drop and will be directed by Brendan Fletcher.
For Carney, who has previously starred in The Tempest with Felicity Jones, this will be his first major leading role. He currently stars as Peter Parker in the Broadway musical written by Bono and The Edge from band U2, and has spent time touring with the band on their 360 tour.
Production is due to start in November in New York City and Memphis.