It was reported in June that Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley would play Jeff Buckley in a biopic of the singer’s life, but now NME is reporting that Reeve Carney, the actor currently starring as Peter Parker in the Broadway musical version of Spider-Man has been cast as Jeff Buckley.
Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert and executive producer of the biopic spoke of Carney’s casting.
“We are over the moon that Reeve has agreed to take on this challenging role. He’s been getting ready for this all his life. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he looks so much like Jeff.”
Before all the talk of Penn Badgley, it said that Robert Pattinson and James Franco were both contenders for the highly sought after role. At this point we should just wait for the movie to come out and then we’ll all know for sure.
Shooting is expected to begin next year.