Penn Badgley seems to have sixth sense for picking movie roles. He’s slowly branching out of his Gossip Girl character by taking on small roles in good movies like Easy A and Margin Call. But now he’s gotten a little more ambitious. He took on the challenge of playing ’90s rock legend Jeff Buckley in Daniel Algrant‘s Greetings From Tim Buckley. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week and word from the critics is that Badgley’s performance was a huge success.
Greetings From Tim Buckley starts at the very beginning of Jeff’s music career, when he is invited to perform at a 1991 benefit concert for his dead father (folk musician Tim Buckley, who died in 1975). During the lead up to the tribute concert, Jeff tries to come to terms with his non-relationship with his father. There’s more woven into this film than just the father-son story, but we hear that that’s where the movie goes wrong–in the trailer you can see Badgley walking around, alone, with his guitar. He also falls for a young, cute girl named Allie, played by Imogen Poots. There’s some snippets of the actual concert, with Badgley singing as Jeff Buckley.
Screencrush‘s Jordan Hoffman watched the film at TIFF last week and praised Badgley’s performance:
“He nails Jeff’s jazzy quaver that always threatened but never delivered dissonance.” And according to some of the reviews we’ve read, his performance is a “major success.”
Check out the trailer below:
What do you think?