Actor/singer-songwriter Reeve Carney, who starred in the Broadway production "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" has been cast as OC native Jeff Buckley in the film bio produced by Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert.
If you recall, Robert Pattinson was being considered as the lead in the film a few months ago, which will be directed by Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), and written by Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker). They hold a rights package that includes the exclusive rights to Jeff's music and personal archives, and is fully supported by Buckley's mother who serves as executive producer. It's not the film that stars Penn Badgely (Gossip Girl) as Buckley either.
This film chronicles Buckley's life; he died at 30 in a drowning accident in Memphis, Tennessee's Wolf River. Production will begin in New York and Memphis in November.
Carney currently stars on Broadway as Peter Parker in "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark." Reeve also co-starred in Julie Taymor's The Tempest.
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According to Comingsoon.net:
"We are over the moon that Reeve has agreed to take on this challenging role. I've seen him perform several times...he's been getting ready for this all his life. It certainly doesn't hurt that he looks so much like Jeff," said Guibert regarding the choice.
Scott commented, "We are excited to have found in Reeve the perfect combination of musical prodigy, impish charm, innate intelligence and sensitivity to play Jeff."