It has been announced that Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley has won the coveted role of Jeff Buckley.

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We reported a while a go that the film, Greetings From Tim Buckley, was being made and that Robert Pattinson desperately wanted the role. It had even been reported that he had met with Jeff Buckley’s mother to discuss the role. There were also talks that James Franco was in line for the role. Now it appears that the fairly small time actor Badgeley has nabbed it.

Badgley is famous for his role in Gossip Girl and his one time relationship with co-star Blake Lively. He has also had parts here and there in films, such as Easy A and The Stepfather.

Speaking about the role he said:

“To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood & mythologized as a human being … It’s something very special and sacred. I’m going to give all I can to this project,”

The film will document the days up to Jeff’s breakthrough performance at a 1991 tribute concert to his father, Tim, who had abandoned him as a child and died of a drug overdose at the age of 28.

Jeff also died at an early age, 30, after drowning in the Wolf River when taking an impromptu swim fully clothed. His only recorded album Grace became hugely popular and his version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is considered by many as one of the greatest and touching songs of all time.

Greetings From Tim Buckley, which is an independent project, will be directed by Dan Algrant. The project has been given permission from Tim Buckley’s estate. It will start shooting this August in New York.

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