Today’s Casting Bits all revolve around true stories, though the nature of the tales vary wildly from project to project. After the jump:

  • Adam Goldberg enters final negotiations to play porn star Harry Reems in Matthew Wilder’s Inferno
  • Patricia Arquette gets cast as Reeve Carney’s mom in Jake Scott’s Jeff Buckley biopic
  • Matthew Fox boards Peter Webber’s “inspired by true events” political thriller Emperor

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The second Jeff Buckley biopic just found its leading man. (The first is Greetings From Tim Buckley, which has Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots starring, and will chronicle the late singer’s early days, before he rose to minor fame.) This second one is currently untitled, and comes from Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys). It now has Reeve Carney, who played Peter Parker and Spider-Man in the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, set to play Jeff Buckley. Read More »

Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley has been tapped to star as Jeff Buckley in a new biopic about the singer-songwriter. No, not that one — the other one. In true Hollywood fashion, there are currently two Buckley-based projects in the works: the one Jake Scott’s making with Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert as executive producer, and this one, directed by Daniel Algrant (Naked in New York). Scott’s film will be look at Buckley’s (tragically brief) life and career arc, whereas Algrant’s will focus on Buckley’s breakthrough performance at a 1991 tribute concert for his father, the late Tim Buckley. According to The Playlist, Algrant’s will also include a romance between Buckley and a working at the concert.

I really only know Badgley from Easy A and the handful of Gossip Girl episodes I’ve seen, and I can’t say he’s ever left a strong impression on me. (Well — I hated his Gossip Girl character, but that’s probably less his fault than the writers’.) So I can’t say whether this will be a good thing or a bad thing. Either way, there’s a chance he’ll be going up against fellow teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson, who’s still rumored to be circling the corresponding role in Scott’s movie. [24 Frames]

After the jump, rising star Andrea Riseborough wins the female lead in Welcome to the Punch, and Fairly Legal‘s Sarah Shahi signs on for Walter Hill’s next project.

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Jake Scott to Direct Biopic of Musician Jeff Buckley

Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys) has just signed on to direct a biopic about Jeff Buckley, from a script by Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker). Buckley, if you’re not familiar, was an influential musician from the ’90s who died in a tragic accident at the age of 30. You may recognize his biggest hit song, a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Read more — and listen to the song — after the jump.

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