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Penn Badgley Will Play Jeff Buckley

Mary Guibert has spent the last decade trying to mount a biopic of her son, the late troubadour Jeff Buckley, but it looks like she'll be beaten to the punch. Director Dan Algrant will begin shooting Greetings from Tim Buckley in August, which will chronicle the days leading up to Buckley's performance at his father's 1991 tribute concert; what's more, Algrant's film has already found its star, Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley. "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," said Badgley in a statement. "I'm going to give all I can to this project." Hallelujah? [Indiewire]

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