Tony Award winners Norbert Leo Butz and Frank Wood have joined the cast of the forthcoming feature film Greetings from Tim Buckley, according to Variety. The movie, which begins filming on August 22 in New York, will star Gossip Girl cast member Penn Badgley as singer Jeff Buckley and is directed by Dan Algrant.
Butz (a Tony winner for Catch Me If You Can) and Anything Goes cast member Jessica Stone will play concert producers Hal Wilner and Janine Nichols, and Wood (a Tony winner for Side Man) will play songwriter Gary Lucas, a collaborator of Jeff Buckley. Also featured are Ben Rosenfield (recently seen off-Broadway in Through a Glass Darkly) as Tim Buckley, Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Bill Sadler, Richard Hell and U.K. pop star Kate Nash.
Greetings from Tim Buckley is set in the days leading up to a 1991 tribute concert credited with launching the music career of Tim Buckley's son Jeff, who drowned in 1997. The movie is one of three rival projects centering on the young singer, including an untitled feature film to star Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star Reeve Carney. (Variety reports that Carney will begin filming in November.) The Carney movie has been awarded the rights to Jeff Buckley's music and personal archives, the use of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and the blessing of Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, who is also executive-producing.