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First Images From 'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Plus Footage Of Penn Badgley Singing "Lilac Wine" Live

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 14, 2012 1:04 PM
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The life of Jeff Buckley is coming to the big screen, albeit a bit circuitously, with "Greetings From Tim Buckley." And now we have our first look at "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley in the lead role as the late singer.

Written by Dan Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel—with Algrant directing— Imogen Poots co-stars in the film that takes a unique approach going back to the singer's first steps to become an acclaimed musician. Here's the official synopsis: Greetings from Tim Buckley follows the story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church. Through a romance with a young woman working at the concert, he learns to embrace all of his feelings toward the father who abandoned him – longing, anger, forgiveness, and love. Culminating in a cathartic performance of his father’s most famous songs, Jeff’s debut stuns the audience and launches his career as one of the greatest young musicians of his time.

While some folks bristled at Badgley taking on the legendary Buckley, here's some footage (via MyDiscmanBroke) that may change your mind. The actor recently took the stage at a Ryan Jarman (lead singer of The Cribs) concert in New York City and performed "Lilac Wine"'s actually not too bad. What do you think? Is it a good Buckley stand-in?

"Greetings From Tim Buckley" has its World Premiere at TIFF and is seeking distribution. Check out more images and the video below.

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  • Her boyfriend | August 16, 2012 5:06 PMReply

    Imogen Poots is the best!!!

  • Mike | August 16, 2012 1:37 PMReply

    He looks the part, but no one can ape Jeff's vocals, they shouldn't have even tried to have their actor impersonate his singing.

  • Jessica Jones | August 16, 2012 9:32 AMReply

    Not really Badgley grew out his hair for the movie. Still unsure of if I want to see the movie or not.

  • jenna | August 14, 2012 11:46 PMReply

    yikes. That's pretty bad. And couldn't Badgley and Poots make an attempt to look just a little like Jeff and Rebecca Moore? Makes me think neither of them cared much about their performances or the very real people they were trying to play. I guess keeping his usual look for Gossip Girl shoots was more important to Penn. Disappointing.

  • Christopher Gipson | August 14, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    Pleasantly surprised. No one is ever gonna sound like Buckley, but thank goodness they found an actor that can actually sing. Fingers crossed that the movie is decent at least.

  • d | August 14, 2012 1:52 PMReply

    Voice is not bad.

  • Max | August 14, 2012 1:33 PMReply

    I'll wait for Mystery White Boy thank you very much

  • Cboin | August 14, 2012 1:09 PMReply


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