Second Jeff Buckley biopic begins filling out cast.
Gemma Arterton (‘Byzantium,’ ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’) has reportedly begun negotiations to join ‘Mystery White Boy,’ the Jake Scott-directed Jeff Buckley biopic that has Reeve Carney (‘Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark’) in the lead.
Olivia Thirlby (‘Dredd,’ ‘Juno’) and Harry Treadaway (‘Fish Tank,’ ‘Control’) are also said to be circling the project which will chronicle the life of Buckley, one of the most critically acclaimed musical artists of his time, who died tragically at age 30 in a drowning accident in Memphis, Tennessee’s Wolf River.
According to Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail, Arterton would be playing a character that is a composite of “the partying women” in Buckley life, while Thirlby would stand for the more responsible partners with whom late musician enjoyed relationships. Treadaway – who previously portrayed Joy Division and New Order drummer Steve Morris in the Ian Curtis biopic ‘Control’ – is set for the role of Buckley’s drummer Matt Johnson.
The film is not to be confused with Daniel Algrant’s rival project, ‘Greetings from Tim Buckley,’ which stars Penn Badgley (‘Gossip Girl’) and Imogen Poots (‘Fright Night’).