Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley has been cast as Jeff Buckley in a new movie based on the late singer’s relationship with his folk singer father Tim Buckley. The story will follow Jeff Buckley from his breakthrough performance at a tribute concert for his father, who abandoned him as an infant and died from a drug overdose in 1975, on through the singer’s tragic drowning death at age 30 in 1997.
The film, which will be titled Greetings From Tim Buckley, will begin shooting in August in New York City. Though Badgley is locked in, the rest of the cast has not been determined. This will be the first movie based on either Buckley, though another picture based on Buckley’s life is being developed with the assistance of his mother and executor, Mary Guibert.
“To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood and mythologized as a human being … It’s something very special and sacred. I’m going to give all I can to this project,” Badgley said in a statement about the project.