London: `Gossip Girl` star Penn Badgley has beat Robert Pattinson to bag the coveted leading role in the new Jeff Buckley biopic.
The 24-year-old actor has been confirmed to play the iconic singer in the upcoming film titled `Greetings from Tim Buckley`, reported a website.
"To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood and mythologized as a human being, it`s something very special and sacred. I`m going to give all I can to this project," said Badgley.
The "sacred" role, which chronicles the time leading up to the young singer`s performance at his late father`s tribute ceremony, will be directed by co-writer Dan Algent.
Scheduled to begin shooting in August, the film will be based on true events which happened in the time leading up to Tim Buckley`s 1991 tribute concert, where Jeff romanced a young woman working at the event and through the relationship came to understand the father who abandoned him as a child.
The story ends with a performance of some of Tim`s most famous songs, which goes on to launch Jeff`s career.