“Gossip Girl” star Penn Badgley will play singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley in the feature “Greetings from Tim Buckley.” Dan Algrant is directing.
Written by Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel, the film tells the true story of the days leading up to Buckley’s 1991 appearance 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 and his cathartic performance launches his career.
“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,” Smuggler Films’ Patrick Milling Smith said in announcing the casting on Monday.
The project will be produced by Smuggler Films, A-Z Prods. and Second Chance Prods.