Penn Badgley is temporarily going to be leaving the world of “Gossip Girl” and the high New York lifestyle as Dan Humphries and trading it in to live the life of a musician. Like the rest of the “Gossip Girl” cast, Badgley will be making the big leap to the big screen. And I say, good for him! And well, the rest of the cast who’ve also seemed to do other things here and there because how much damn drama can a couple of freakin’ New York City kids have? Apparently enough to have five seasons when it returns next year and counting but that’s besides the point.
Having already starred in such films as “The Stepfather” and “Easy A”, Badgley will now star in the anticipated film “Greetings from Tim Buckley” where he’ll play Tim Buckley’s son Jeff. Here’s the full announcement:
Smuggler Films announced today Penn Badgley will star in the much anticipated film “Greetings from Tim Buckley”. He will play Tim Buckley’s son Jeff in the first film to be made about the musicians. There has been much speculation regarding the casting of Jeff “Buckley as many of Hollywood’s hottest stars were interested in playing one of the most remarkable music artists of his generation. “Greetings from Tim Buckley” was written by Dan Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel and will be directed by Dan Algrant (“People I Know”, “Naked in New York”).
“Greetings from Tim Buckley” follows the true story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert, he comes to understand the father who abandoned him. Culminating in a cathartic performance of his father’s most famous songs, Jeff’s debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time.
Penn Badgley 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.”
Patrick Milling Smith of Smuggler Films. “In its purest form this is a father and son story, a rite of passage that is made possible by a romantic journey Jeff finds himself on. We see Jeff accepting who he is to become and laying to rest the ghost of his father while ultimately finding his voice. We had been searching well over a year for an actor that can come close to Jeff’s spirit while also having the serious musical chops required to authentically tell this story. Penn’s audition blew us away and we knew we found our star.”
“Greetings from Tim Buckley” is in preproduction and will start shooting this August in New York City. Production entities behind the movie are SMUGGLER Films, A-Z productions and Second Chance productions. The film is being produced by Patrick Milling Smith, John N. Hart (“Revolutionary Road”, “You Can Count On Me”), Fred Zollo (“Quiz Show”, “Mississippi Burning”). Executive Producers are Brian Carmody, Jill Footlick (“Boys Don’t Cry”, “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”) and Ben Limberg. Director of Photography is Andrij Parekh (“Blue Valentine”, “Half Nelson”). Casting Director Avy Kaufman.