By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 18, 2011 at 2:50AM
We guess the producers behind the upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic aren't laughing anymore. Earlier in the year, a report popped up in the U.K. press that Robert Pattinson was being considered to take on the role of the late singer. When we reached out to one of the producers on the film at the time they denied those rumors saying, “I did see [the U.K. report], it’s pretty funny.”
Well, it looks like there is actual movement happening on that front (though he's probably just one of a handful of young actors taking meetings). In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer (via Bleeding Cool) Pattinson revealed, “I met his mom [Mary Guibert] who’s really great.” As for whether or not he'll get the part, it's too early to tell. “I don’t know,” he said. “It’s really not up to me. I love Jeff’s music. He was amazing.”
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the long-gestating biopic was finally moving forward with Jake Scott ("Welcome To The Rileys") directing. The film will use David Browne‘s book “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley,” as a resource and will have a script by Ryan Jaffe (”The Rocker”) with full access to Buckley’s catalog of music to tell his tragic tale.
There's no word on if the actor who lands the part will attempt to emulate Buckley's voice or if they'll lip sync but Pattinson -- who has penned songs for the "Twilight" films as well as "How To Be" -- is quite aware he's not in Buckley's league when it comes to music. “I don’t really think I can sing like Jeff,” Pattinson said. “He was unique. Also, I can’t play guitar like him either. It would involve quite a lot of work. If someone just imitates Jeff’s voice, it wouldn’t be right. It’s always about the script. You have no idea how it’s going to represent someone.”
The production is gearing up to shoot this fall, and we're sure more pretty faces will begin to leak as possible candidates for the film.