Film & TV

Olivia Thirlby, Gemma Arterton Join Jeff Buckley Biopic ‘Mystery White Boy’

Film & TV

Olivia Thirlby, Gemma Arterton Join Jeff Buckley Biopic ‘Mystery White Boy’

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It seems like the best fodder for biopics is figures who’ve been thoroughly lionized by the culture or those who’ve met tragic ends (of course, the two are often the same thing), so it should come as no surprise that currently in the works are not one, but two biopics on the life of the singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. The first, Greetings From Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots, seems like it’ll probably be a lighter take as it focuses on Buckley’s performance at a 1991 tribute concert for his father, Tim Buckley. The second, Mystery White Boy, just announced that Olivia Thirlby and Gemma Arterton are joining Spiderman: Turn off the Dark‘s Reeve Carney in what looks to be a more thorough take on the singer’s life, following him from 15 to 30, the age of his death. Both actresses will play composites based on women Buckley had realtionships with. According to the Playlist the movie’s had some trouble securing financing, but if Arterton and Thirlby are names big enough to make financiers think a movie that ends in a mysterious drowning is a risk worth taking, then that could change.