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Carney keen to find the mysticism in Buckley for biopic
Singer/actor Reeve Carney has confirmed
reports he's the man who will portray tragic star Jeff Buckley in a
new biopic, insisting he wants to capture the songwriter's "mystic
quality" in the film.
Carney, who is currently playing Spider-Man
on Broadway, beat out stars like Robert Pattinson to play the
revered Buckley - and he will re-record the late star's classic
tunes for the film's soundtrack.
The star admits he's thrilled to have the
backing of Buckley's mother, who will be among the producers of the
He tells Billboard.com, "I think we're all on
the same page in wanting to make something that honours Jeff's life
and his legacy. There's something about Jeff; there's so much
mystery surrounding his existence. He just had this… mystic
quality, that's similar to what James Dean had."
Carney, 28, reveals he has been a fan of
Buckley since his teens and admits friends have often told him that
he resembles the singer/songwriter, who drowned in Tennessee in
1997. Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, also noted the resemblance
when she first met Carney backstage after a concert by his namesake
rock band in 2007.
He was delighted when Guilbert called him to
tell him he would be Buckley in the film: "I went in for the film
auditions multiple times over two months, and Mary called me and
told me, 'We'd like you to be our Jeff.' It was a very meaningful
moment for me, having his mother call me and say that to me."