Did Penn Badgley Really Beat Out Rob Pattinson for Jeff Buckley Role?

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By Michael Lewittes

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There was a lot of buzz the last week surrounding the casting of the upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, with some outlets reporting that Penn Badgley had beaten out Robert Pattinson and James Franco for the coveted role.

Gossip Cop looked into it, and it turns out there are actually two different Jeff Buckley films in the making. Orian Williams, one of the co-producers for the Jake Scott-directed project (which Pattinson had preliminary discussions for) tells Gossip Cop, “Penn Badgley is not cast in our movie and we are not in talks with him to play Jeff Buckley.” Williams adds that his film has the blessing of the late musician’s mom, Mary Guibert, who will serve as an executive producer, and the movie also has all the rights to Buckley’s music.

However, Badgley will star in a separate Buckley film called Greetings from Tim Buckley, and he’ll play the title musician’s son, Jeff. This movie, to be directed by Dan Algrant, will focus on Jeff Buckley coming to terms with the father who abandoned him. Gossip Cop will update when we more details emerge about the casting for the Buckley film Pattinson had talks about.

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