By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 22, 2011 at 4:24AM
Yes, believe it folks, one of the two Jeff Buckley movies in development is moving forward whether you like it or not, and production continues with its indie spirit as Deadline reveals that rising Brit actress Imogen Poots has joined the cast. While her name may sound funny and or not be familiar at all to you, that is likely soon to change. The actress impressed in last year's "Solitary Man" and this year, she was made her presence known in two period pieces, the criminally underseen Jordan Scott film "Cracks" and Cary Fukunaga's gothic "Jane Eyre." But her biggest exposure is yet to come as next month, she'll try not to get fanged by Colin Farrell in the "Fright Night" remake.
"Greetings From Tim Buckley" stars Penn Badgley and it 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.
Written by Dan Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel—with Algrant to direct--lensing begins next month. Both Tim and Jeff Buckley are sacred to their devotees and a road trip/emotional journey vibe seems kind of easy if not totally cliched so we're on the fence. But it should be an interesting test for both actors with this film largely serving as their first leading vehicles. So fingers crossed, and we'll look for this next year.