A few intriguing updates about a pair of forthcoming Jeff Buckley biopics just surfaced, including new cast members, recording details, and other info. First up, Variety reports that English singer-songwriter Kate Nash will join Anthrax’s Frank Bello, Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley, Bill Sadler, Frank Wood and others for Greetings From Tim Buckley, a Brendan Fletcher-directed film about the days before a 1991 tribute concert for Jeff Buckley’s father, which he has said inspired the launch of his solo career. While it has yet to be disclosed who Nash will play in the film, she undoubtedly has the singing chops to perform musically in the flick. Get acquainted with her songs via the official video for her biggest hit so far, “Foundations,” below.
In other Jeff Buckley biopic news, a second, as-yet-untitled film that stars Reeve Carney — of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark fame — has revealed its plans for adapting Buckley’s music, which was permitted for use by his mother, Mary Guibert: Carney, who is an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right with a band going by his last name, will re-record Buckley’s songs for the film’s soundtrack — presumably lip-synching for scenes in the movie. Given that Joaquin Phoenix’s interpretation of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line employed a similar process, this would be a strong direction to take, we’d say. As it stands (especially taking the stars and mother-approved soundtrack into consideration), the latter biopic will definitely be one to catch when it arrives next year.