Singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley's life was cut short in 1997 when he drowned at age 30. And now, after years of anticipation, his life is being remembered in a forthcoming movie.
Filmmaker Jake Scott will direct the film, which starts production this fall. Although there's no word on who will play the California native, I can think of a few suggestions.
Qualifications? Mysterious, dark brown hair, piercing eyes, and most importantly ... a voice.
Johnny Depp: Since a majority of the film will take place while Buckley's in his 20s, the 47-year-old actor isn't my No. 1 choice. However, Jack Sparrow's eeriness, odd ability to carry a tune, and overall charm really fit the bill here. Maybe a slot as Buckley's father? His dad, a singer/songwriter himself, was an inspiration for him and his music and passed away from a drug overdose.
Robert Pattinson: If you want an instant box office smash, then putting R. Pattz in this film is a no-brainer. He has those deep eyes and a unique tone to his voice. I'm serious -- the man can actually sing! My only but? I think that the role deserves someone who doesn't necessarily have an alter-ego. Although Edward is pretty hunky.
James Franco: He's the perfect age, perfect height ... hell, he actually looks a lot like Buckley. But I have to admit Franco's cockiness is what kind of turns me off. And after watching him at the Oscars? Well, I'm still Franco-ed out.
Andrew Garfield: New to the movie scene, The Social Network star, who played Mark Zuckerberg's bestie Eduardo Saverin, has some potential here. Sure, he may not be a film veteran. However, if his performance in the Facebook smash is any indication of his potential -- this could be his REAL big break.
Jared Leto: Okay, okay, this is a little outside of the box. And sure, he may be a tad more "out there" than Buckley ever was. But the 30 Seconds to Mars front-man has a great voice and, with a quick dye job, a very similar look, don't you think? Not to mention ... I hear he's well-endowed. An extra bonus!
I'll admit, I was a little young to appreciate the talents of Jeff Buckley before his passing. However, if you're like me -- you caught on when his version of Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" went gold and topped the charts in 2002. Take a look at Buckley in his prime:
Who do you think would make a great Jeff Buckley?
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