Penn Badgley As Jeff Buckley?

Kate Torgovnick/ | June 17, 2011 - 6:20 pm


We shared with you a while back that James Franco and Robert Pattinson were in a battle to play Jeff Buckley, who rose to fame covering songs like “Hallelujah” before drowning at age 30 in the ’90s. We assumed James Franco would prevail, since he looks so Buckley-esque and also has an Oscar nomination to his name. But rumor has it that a dark horse third contender has entered and won the race—Penn Badgley of “Gossip Girl,” aka Blake Lively’s ex. This allegedly has Robert Pattinson upset. “Rob hasn’t heard ‘no’ a lot lately, so he’s really bummed. He was passionate about this project,” a source told

Penn looks enough like Buckley, and is a pretty good actor. But can he sing?Luckily, PopWrap dug up this video of Penn playing the piano and singing during a Bullett Magazine photo shoot that proves that, yes, he can.

What do you think of this maybe casting news?

[Hollywood Life]
[NY Post]

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