The trailer for the new Jeff Buckley biopic Greetings From Tim Buckley has been released online. Scroll down to watch it.
The fim stars Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley as the late singer and follows his early struggles to forge a recording career as he grapples with the overbearing legacy of his musician father.
The trailer shows the development of Buckley’s relationship with a character named Allie, a young woman who he meets while working at a concert, who is played by Imogen Poots. The promo also features a snippet of Kate Nash’s small role in the film.
There is no release date for the film as yet, but it received its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.
Last month, a video emerged of Badgley singing “Lilac Wine”, a 1950s standard famously covered by Buckley for his 1994 album Grace.
Badgley has also previously spoken about how he decided to play, explaining that he focused on capturing Buckley’s unique “energy” rather than impersonating the singer to the letter.
He said: “I wasn’t going to augment my voice and sound like Michael Jackson the whole time, because Jeff had a very high speaking voice, a full octave higher than mine. I’m a little more muscular than he was, I wasn’t quite as thin. My hair wasn’t as long as it was at that time, but it also looked a little like the ‘Grace’ cover.”
Explaining how he tried to tap into Buckley’s mindset, Badgley added: “I would meditate on words like “feline” and “feminine,” because he’s like a feral cat. What made him so beautiful is that he was a man, but he was so feminine, too. He was gentle, but he also had such rage. I had to take all of his energy in.”
An official biopic of Buckley is also currently in production, with Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark actor Reeve Carney playing the musician in that version.
Jeff Buckley passed away in 1997 at the age of 30 after accidentally drowning in the Wolf River in Tennessee.