Jeff Buckley By Marie Jerome

The Jeff Buckley biopic was first announced five years ago, and back then many of you said James Franco should star as Buckley. According to Deadline the film will be directed by Jake Scott, and (as mentioned before) will be produced by Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert. The rights to the movie also come with the rights to the Jeff Buckley song catalog and to Dream Brother: The Lives And Music Of Jeff And Tim Buckley as a filming resource. Now that it looks like it’s moving ahead (a Ryan Jaffe-penned script is already complete too), are there any new names to throw into the ring or is James Franco still the best choice? Guys, don’t forget that Robert Pattinson sings.

[Photo by Marie Jerome]

Comments (55)
  1. After seeing Your Highness I don’t think I will ever be able to take Franco seriously again.

  2. Jared Leto likes to explore the characters of dead rock stars. Maybe he could take the method approach and drown himself in a river.

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if Damon Daunno is cast. And Jeff’s Mom seems to adore him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjQcvw_5HOI

  4. James Blake.

  5. JAMES FRANCO!!!!! COURSE!!!!!!!!!

  6. Of course James franco is a dead ringer, but as far as acting ability goes, I’d rather go with Joseph Gordon Levitt

  7. James Ransone looks the part, but can he sing?

    • I have thought this awhile back while watching The Wire again. He would be such a perfect cast. But of course not many people on earth can sing like Jeff did, much let alone someone that looks so much like him.
      But I’d expect the vocals to be dubbed over somewhat with this character.

  8. Before I really knew who Jeff Buckley or James Franco were, I would see Buckley’s album in the record stores and I assumed they were the same person.

  9. HOPEFULLY a complete unknown, who actually knows how to do do guitar chords and pretend-sing:) But then again…IF somehow ‘a’ Robert Pattinson COULD pull it off? That’d be great, cause it would really really help spread the JB gospel, which to me is the main point, get Jeff to the masses!

  10. I think James Franco would do an excellent job. nuff said

  11. james franco looks somewhat like him, but..an unknown would be best as the lead, with some well-known bit part to attract attention, is Bono available?

  12. I think Andrew Garfield would do a lovely job.

  13. If it has to be made then James Franco would be the obvious choice. But after, The Grace EPs, Legacy Edition Grace, Sketches, Song’s to No One, JB Around the World and So Real: Songs from Jeff Buckley I can’t help but feel a biopic would further diminish his impact. I’ve read Dream Brother and although he was an incredible talent, his life wasn’t exactly that interesting.

  14. Travis Keller of Buddyhead. Seriously. Google it.

  15. Anne Hathaway

  16. BEN WHISHAW. He was great in “I’m Not There” and “Perfume.”

    I’m a huge Buckley fan and if they cast Franco or that dude from Twilight, ‘twil be very disappointing.

    • I just googled him because I didn’t know who he was.
      But I see the resemblance.

      The thing is, the dude who wrote the script is also the dude who wrote The Rocker.
      I dont know if the studio would use someone who isn’t that… well, recognized.

    • that would be an awesome choice for sure!

  17. Reeve Carney should be the first runner up for the role. I saw him perform a few times at Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles and remember thinking, “This dude looks and sounds like Jeff Buckley.” He’s currently playing Spiderman on Broadway. No doubt he has the vocal, guitar, and acting chops to pull this off. Check out his band, Carney, or visit his imdb page for more info.

    • I am a HUGE Buckley fan, and this Reeve Carney guy looks like he has the musical and acting abilities to truly carry the role. I hope he throws his hat in the ring…

    • I concur – Reeve Carney would be an amazing choice for the role. He even very eerily sounds like Jeff Buckley and is almost a dead ringer.

  18. In all honesty anyone who gets this role will have to be the best at lip syncing and pretending to play guitar. Far to many times is Jeff’s guitar playing overlooked, he was one of the best of the ’90s. The only person to play him is not some idiot who thinks they’re a vampire, As great as Franco was in 127 hours, there is possibly no one ever who would be the perfect match. And what about Tim Buckley, if anything he has more of a story to tell and was highly talented.

  19. A young Patrick Duffy.

  20. Ivan Sandomire. Actor/Singer/Songwriter. Has the look and the voice. Long shot, but is perfect for it.

  21. Michael Winslow would be superb.

  22. Tony Danza has the right look too.

  23. jeffrey jones……maybe carrot top?

  24. george peppard stop hating on t-danz….

  25. James Franco would be perfect but, he has no emotions.

  26. What about the dude from Empire Records?

  27. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
    THE HORROR !!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Wallace Shawn

  29. I’m a HUGE JB fan as well, and I’ve always thought James Franco looks a lot like Buckley (to the point that I have gone to see his movies just because of that haha)

    But Ben Whishaw ALSO looks a lot like Buckley, and is a phenomenal actor.

    I hope whoever they choose does justice to the grossly underrated phenom known as JB.

  30. Andrew Garfield

  31. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1725848/
    Joe Anderson, from Across the Universe, he can sing… he can act and he resembles Jeff in some ways.

  32. SO looking forward to this. PLEASE dont screw it up!

    • Francois Arnaud, he plays Cesare Borgia on Showtime’s The Borgias. He looks most like Jeff, and has a great romantic energy and eye smolder. I think singing capability is irrelevant; no one will be able to pull it off believably. They’ll have to dub. I don’t know that I could watch someone trying to sing as Jeff, and still be able to enjoy the movie.

  33. Reeve Carney

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