Reeve Carney of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will drop the swinging but keep the singing for his new movie role.
Carney, who was recently seen on screen as Ferdinand in Julie Taymor's take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest," will be playing the part of Jeff Buckley in director Jake Scott's currently untitled biography film about the late musician, according to Deadline.
Scott's film should not be confused with the two (!) other Buckley projects in the works: "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which stars Penn Badgley as a pre-fame Jeff Buckley who reconnects with his estranged father, and "A Pure Drop," a Buckley project out of Australia that's being directed by Brendan Fletcher.
Jake Scott hopes that his will be the definitive biography film about the singer-songwriter who died in 1997 at the age of 30 after getting caught in the wake of a passing boat on Tennessee’s Wolf River. Scott has exclusive rights to Buckley’s music and personal archives, including permission to use Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah," which is perhaps Buckley's best-known tune from his first album.
Unfortunately, the use of Cohen's "Hallelujah" over the ridiculous slow-motion sex scene in "Watchmen" may be keeping us from ever enjoying that song in a movie again, no matter who sings it.
Jake Scott and Reeve Carney will commence with their Jeff Buckley project in November -- a few months behind "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which starts production next week.