The trailer for the upcoming Jeff and Tim Buckley biopic, Greetings From Tim Buckley has dropped following the film’s recent premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie stars Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl as the younger Buckley trying to come to grips with his relationship (or lack thereof) with his famous father in the lead up to an April 26, 1991, tribute concert for the folk singer that Jeff participated in. While the concert itself did happen, the rest of the film, as director Daniel Algrant told Rolling Stone recently, is “fictionalized and conjecture.” Most notable about the trailer is it shows Badgley’s rather impressive turn as Jeff Buckley, especially his full-falsetto rendition of “Once I Was,” which you get a taste of at the end of the clip.
“He did that shit in general,” Badgley explains of Jeff Buckley’s mercurial ways. “He was a weirdo, this erratic, ecstatic, beautiful, strange thing.”