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The Jeff Buckley Showdown: Pattinson v. Franco v. Marsden v. Leto

15 June 2009 10:32 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Last Wednesday, I threw on Jeff Buckley - Live in Chicago and got to work. One of the times I glanced at the TV screen, a thought occurred to me: Robert Pattinson could pull off a decent Jeff Buckley. He's only a few years younger than the musician was during the creation of Grace; he's a got a slew of musical talents; and has a similar look. Heck, I even tweeted about it. Only a few days later, in a turn that taps into my collective conscience/coincidence question, there's a mass of buzz about a Buckley biopic.

ABC News reports that Pattinson and James Franco are in a showdown to play the musician in the upcoming biopic. There's not much beef to this account, and they get it wrong that "Hallelujah" was released posthumously (it was on Grace), so it doesn't seem definitive. However, an older news release down under explains things in detail. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Pattinson, Franco want to play Jeff Buckley

5 June 2009 4:13 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Robert Pattinson and James Franco are among the stars eager to play Jeff Buckley in the proposed biopic of the late singer-songwriter. According to a report in Australia's Courier-Mail newspaper, producers Michelle Sy (Finding Neverland) and Orion Williams (Control) are overseeing the project with Buckley's mother Mary Guibert. Ryane Jeffe has been commissioned to write the movie, which is also attracting interest from Jared Leto and James Marsden. Guibert revealed that the actor portraying her son, who drowned tragically in 1997, will have to sing and play his own instruments for the role. "Whoever (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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