June 21, 2011 9:19
'Gossip Girl' star Penn Badgley cast as Jeff Buckley in new biopic
Forthcoming film examines his relationship with father Tim
Actor Penn Badgley has been cast as Jeff Buckley in the forthcoming biopic about the late singer-songwriter, according to reports.
Gossip Girl star Badgely will portray Buckley in the forthcoming film Greetings From Tim Buckley, beating touted names that included James Franco and Robert Pattinson.
The film follows a young Buckley as he grapples with the overbearing legacy of his musician father Tim Buckley, leading up and culminating with his classic 1991 performance of his father's songs, according to the Huffington Post.
Buckley, who became a musical hero in his own right with the 1994 album 'Grace', drowned in 1997 while swimming in the Wolf River in Tennessee. Badgley, meanwhile, is currently portraying the character Dan Humphrey in hit teen drama Gossip Girl. His previous movie credits include John Tucker Must Die, The Stepfather and Easy A.
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