Anthrax Bassist Frank Bello To Play Punk Legend Richard Hell In 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 22, 2011 3:38 AM
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While the competing Jeff Buckley pics continue their separate paths to production, they are marked by some notable differences. While the forthcoming untitled Reeve Carney/Jake Scott pic is approved by the late singer's estate with full access to its archives and rights to the songs, what it won't have is Anthrax bassist Frank Bello playing punk legend Richard Hell. Which is kind of awesome.

With filming kicking off today, "Greetings From Tim Buckley" has solidified its cast led by Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots with Norbert Leo Butz and Jessica Stone as promoters Hal Wilner and Janine Nichols; Bill Sadler as guitarist Lee Underwood and U.K. pop star Kate Nash also coming aboard. Written by Dan Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel—with Algrant to direct— the film will tell the true story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. There, he meets in a young woman (Poots) and they take a four day journey and he comes to understand the father who abandoned him. The film will caps off with the performance of his father’s most famous songs, a stunning performance which launched his music career.

So what's the connection between Hell and the Buckleys? Well the Televsion and Voidoids member performed two Buckley songs at the tribute concert -- "Moulin Rouge" and "Jungle Fire" -- and closed with "I'm Livin' On (Chinese Rocks)" dedicating the tune to both Buckley and Johnny Thunders who passed away a week earlier.

In case you're wondering, this is not Bello's first acting gig. He's had tiny roles in a handful of television and movie projects mostly as a member of Anthrax, though he did also play "Johhny, Rocker" in an episode of "Law & Order" that we're now going to have to track down. All this to say that Bello's role in the film will likely be a small moment, but still something to keep an eye out for. If anything, we're curious if we'll get to hear Bello portraying Hell singing Tim Buckley's songs or if he'll just pop up looking badass in the background. [Variety]

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7 Comments

  • True Blue | February 29, 2012 7:03 PMReply

    I have little respect for a film on Jeff, claiming to be, at it's heart, about the relationship he formed at that concert in NYC, if it totally falsifies and makes up the relationship completely. There was no "Allie" and there was no four day trip with such a made-up person - - but he did form a real, important relationship there. Why lie? How is that respectful to Jeff. People, be wary... live in truth, not some hollywood producer, money-making fantasy.

  • Michelle | August 24, 2011 1:15 AMReply

    He looks more like Sly Stallone than Richard Hell. But hey - they are both bass players!

  • James | August 23, 2011 7:25 AMReply

    yeah at first i was wondering what avy kaufman was doing but she is possibly on to something here. it's shaping into an interesting ensemble and i suppose penn badgely did something amazing in his audition if they passed on all of the others. but did they pass on reeve carney? he said he "read" for it?

  • Stephen | August 23, 2011 3:34 AMReply

    It's kind of becoming a classy cast with a twist. Broadway theater vets sprinkled in with some bad*ss musicians. Nice.

  • Tim | August 23, 2011 2:45 AMReply

    I was at the concert and saw RIchard Hell and Jeff Buckley perform. if this film captures even half of that, I will be happy. Granted, I am a bigger Tim Buckley fan, the tribute concert was still one of the most beautiful things I have ever been to and finally someone is sharing it with public.

  • Kevin | August 22, 2011 10:09 AMReply

    Kate Nash is in this too. And Frank Bello of Anthrax? This could be genius casting.

  • rachel | August 22, 2011 7:26 AMReply

    THIS IS SO F-ING RAD!!!!!!

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