Late Monday, reports began circulating that Gossip Girl star/possessor of amazing bone structure Penn Badgley had signed on to portray Jeff Buckley in an upcoming biopic, one of two currently being planned about the late singer-songwriter, who died in 1997 in a freak drowning accident.
Badgley’s film is called Greetings From Tim Buckley and will apparently take place in the days leading up the 1991 tribute concert for Jeff’s father Tim, who died in 1975 of a drug overdose, where Jeff made his public singing debut. According to a statement from the production company behind the project, the plot centers around “a romance with a young woman working the concert,” through which Buckley “comes to understand the father who abandoned him.”
And while some might be concerned that Badgley might not possess the, uh, depth required for a role of this magnitude, we have faith that he’s got it in him. For one, he can actually sing, and his character on Gossip Girl is already the son of a rock star, so that’s got to count for something. In fact, we think that Badgley’s GG co-stars should follow his lead and sign up for rock star biopics of their own. And yes, we’ve already picked out the perfect roles for them.
Blake Lively: Is blonde and makes questionable decisions (“The Green Lantern,” Leonardo Dicaprio). In other words, she would be perfect as Courtney Love. Or Liz Phair.
Leighton Meester: Has already appeared on records with everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Cobra Starship, a pedigree which places her somewhere between Madonna and Pat Benatar.
Read on to see which rockers we think Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford and Taylor Momsen should bring to the big screen.
Ed Westwick: Is, by all accounts, British. Can look immaculately disheveled when necessary. Previous experience includes singing in a skuzzy rock group called the Filthy Youth. Let’s just make him Pete Doherty.
Chace Crawford: Incredibly handsome and not averse to the occasional drug-related arrest. Could be Donovan, Mick Jagger or really any frontman of the past 40 years.
Taylor Momsen: Already has plenty of experience attempting to play a rock star.
Got any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!