Jared Leto wants to play Jeff Buckley in new biopic

Christian Bale is also reportedly interested in the project

Jared Leto wants to play Jeff Buckley in a new movie, according to Buckley’s former manager Dave Lory.

Lory has just released a new book – Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah To The Last Goodbye – and was interviewed about the potential to turn the book into a new movie.

“I have been approached, and there are some people reading the book right now. Movies take a long time, I don’t claim to be an expert at it, but the basis is there,” he told 90’s Music podcast Desperate Times.

“The two people who are reading it, I can’t name obviously because they haven’t said yes, but they said, ‘The Jeff Buckley story hasn’t been told, and we’re huge fans.’ So that’s a start, but one of them said, ‘Wow it’s got the love story, you meet your wife on the road with Jeff Buckley. You get married, you have two kids, there’s tragedy, there’s musical genius. It’s got everything you need.’

“I think it’s more of a period piece, because that particular time period, the old show Vinyl didn’t really do justice to the music industry,” he continued. “They didn’t listen to the people that were on their board, or the advisors that were in the music industry. The late 80’s and 90’s was a time when hip hop and punk, and all of these musical genres merged.”

When asked about potential actors for the iconic role, Lory said that Leto had a definite interest.

“Jared Leto wanted to play him,” he said. “I know the estate was trying to do a movie, and they’ve had several false starts. But there’s enough people out there, and some other people who have talked about playing me, so we’ll see.

“I heard Christian Bale, which would be a compliment because I’m not that good looking,” he continued. “The thing is, a lot of these actors want to do credible pieces to keep their credibility after blockbusters, but we’ll see.”

You can watch the full podcast interview below.

Earlier this year, Jared Leto’s new Netflix film The Outsider faced accusations of whitewashing. Leto starred as Nick Lowell, an American soldier imprisoned in Japan following the end of World War II. His Yakuza cellmate helps to free him, but Lowell must then fight to join the crime group in order to pay him back.