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RPatz Wants To Play Jeff Buckley!

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We have to admit - he looks the part better than any of the other contenders!

Robert Pattinson is apparently ready to showcase his vocal stylingz in a much bigger way than ever before - as he's approached producers of a potential Jeff Buckley biopic in hopes to secure the role of the late folk singer!

Producer Michelle Sy confirms:

"I've met actors who are keen on the part and Robert was one…The actor must be able to play music and sing, or at least make it believable he can do that."

And despite competition from James Franco and James Marsden for the role, even Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, thinks our sparkly vamp is the perfect potential to play her son!

She reveals:

"Robert is a fine young actor. I'm flattered he's been linked to the project. When the times comes we'll give everybody an opportunity to be seen and heard."

He certainly has some tough competition, but this part actually does seem right up his alley!

We just hope that whomever ends up winning the part can do Buckley justice!

What do U think?? Should RPatz play Jeff Buckley??

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67 comments to “RPatz Wants To Play Jeff Buckley!”

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  2. 2

    Have you ever LOOKED at Jeff Buckley Perez? James Franco could have been his twin, infact that's part of the reason I became attracted to James in the first place.
    Plus James is a far supierior actor than Robert.

  3. 3

    Been hearing about this biopic for years and right from the start James Franco has been the first choice for most of Jeff's fans. Not only is he a dead ringer for Jeff, but his acting chops have earned him this role. Sorry, but RPatz should stick to vampire movies!

  4. 4

    hm, i am indifferent on this. i love robert pattinson's voice and he IS a great actor in other films (in twilight he can't really showcase his talents) but james franco looks so much like jeff. hm i think i would be pleased with either or being cast. i am a HUGE buckley fan and i think this film has a lot if promise to it.

  5. 5

    Robert Pattinson playing Jeff Buckley would be my worst freakin' nightmare. James Franco would be perfect to take on this role. He has the right snarky attitude to play one of the most complex and talented musicians of our time.

  6. 6

    Yea I had no idea that someone was considering making a Jeff Buckley biopic, but I always thought if they ever did make one, James franco needs to play him. I dont think "RPatz" looks like him or has the talent to play him (no offense).

  7. 7

    Seems how Perez is ignoring your birthday, Happy Birthday Adam Lambert :)

  8. 8

    James Franco with Rob's voice. Perfect combo. I've never heard James sing, so I don't know how his voice will hold up. James is Buckley's twin, in the looks department.

  9. 9

    I think Pattinson would do a great job on this project.

  10. 10

    No! Robert is a shit actor and he looks like shit! James Franco should def be Jeff. And James Marsden????? He's hot and a good actor but no.

  11. 11

    I logged in just to say James Franco and I see we are ALL in agreement on this. Robert Pattinson's head is not the right shape. Plus hes British. Jeff Buckley needs to be played by an American.

  12. Kay $ says – reply to this


    I'm really excited for this project!! I agree that James Franco is a far superior choice… although I do enjoy "RPatz"… I guess we'll just have to see! I'm going to go listen to my Jeff Buckley CD… yes… CD!!!

  13. 13

    I was going to say Robert and jeff look exactly alike based on the photo you chose to display… But after Googling I can see James Franco play the part

  14. 14

    THIS STORY HAS ALREADY BEEN DEBUNKED. This story is not true and was already debunked days ago. Rob is doing Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, not this. Once again, another movie project is trying to gain attention by using Rob's name.

  15. 15

    This story is not true. While Rob would be good, he is not doing this. In fact, this movie is not even close to being done even with Franco. They are just using Rob's name to draw attention to their movie.

  16. 16

    Please No! Ive heard some of Pattinson's music and it sounds like an awful parody of the lovely Ray LaMontagne he's just not right for this role. Stick to the teenyboppers RPatz.

  17. 17

    "We have to admit - he looks the part better than any of the other contenders!" Perez have you ever even seen a picture of Jeff Buckley? James Franco looks so much like him. He should get the role and obviously everyone on here agrees.

  18. 18

    I think it should be robert pattinson, yeah james franco looks more like him, but can he even sing? Pattinson is a really great singer, as well as an actor.

  19. 19

    he totally should!!! I think the role is perfect.

  20. 20

    JAMES FRANCO AND JEFF BUCKLEY ARE TWINS!!! JAMES ISSSS JEFF!!! Are you crazy Perez? R-Pattz is hot, but hes a sparkling vampire. It would never work. Plus, have you ever actually listened to his music? R-Pattz can look pretty but he sure as hell can't sing. It's the worst thing about him. Whereas it was buckley's best…

  21. 21

    are you kidding?????????? im sorry but james franco is the ONLY choice. not only does he look just like him, he is a way more talented actor! AND from the looks of it im not the only one who thinks so!

  22. 22

    Of course, Franco is definitly the best choise to play Buckley ! He really looks like him ( it's crazy !)

  23. 23

    Pattinson has the deadest eyes on an actor working today, so no.

    Franco definitely looks like Jeff Buckley, but he's done so many biopic roles at this point, it would almost be too easy, nay, predictable to see him do this one too.

    Get an unknown, or better yet, don't do the movie at all. Jeff Buckley will always be more interesting than any portrait attempted of him (through film or otherwise).

  24. 24

    He is all WRONG for the part and doesn't even remotely resemble Jeff! What's wrong with you?!?!? He's also a terrible actor! Out of the three mentioned, James Franco would be the best choice, but I think they should go with an unknown.

  25. 25

    Why are people assuming that if a movie was made, the actors mentioned would sing as well? I would rather either James or Robert, if given the part, would lipsynch rather than attempt to duplicate a great voice like Buckley's. That said, my vote is for Franco, if anyone should play him.

  26. 26

    I vote for james franco. Before I even knew they were going to make a film about jeff, i thought he would be perfect. I agree with most people on here…james franco!!!!

  27. 27

    Keep this douchetard away from anything to do with Jeff! He shouldn't even be allowed to listen to Jeff Buckley.
    James Franco is perfect for this part.
    No. Just no!

  28. 28

    James Franco yes!!

  29. 29

    Do people not realize that Robert has been and would have been a musician/singer/songwriter/composer, if he had not started acting…He has been playing the guitar and piano since the age of three, and starting singing, writing and composing by 12…He has 12 fully writen songs, three of which were in the Twilight movie, and one used for the Twilight sountrack…Robert has a beautiful voice, and plays the piano amazingly…Ask Rolling Stone, when describing Robert they call him an"excellent musician"…I am NOT a fan the Twilight Saga's, my daughter is though, they are harmless and enjoyable. I am however a fan of Robert Pattinson, because of his music, HIS OTHER MOVIES, such as, Remeberber Me & How To Be, both won awards for his performance, he was awesome. Good enough in these to impress David Cronenberg, and have him cast Robert for his next movie, and it is a known fact that David needs to like his actors. This was a big confidence boost to Robert, who needs more confidence in himself, and he's trying…

  30. 30

    I don't know who the above actor is but a face on your page. Is he a Vampire or a Disney character. Buckley actually had talent, how could you expect s/one to play him that does nothing more than poses and get his hair done

  31. 31

    Hollywood seems to have embraced this very unhollywood guy, I wish others would not be so close-minded…Even Johnny Depp thinks he is a good actor, and that he himself started somewhere, and could not have done anymore with "that script" himself (Twighlight). People have compared his quick success to Leo's, and even he's been on Robert's side saying, he thinks Robert has things even crazier, and feels for him, though Leo thinks Rob has a good head on his shoulders and will make it…Even Leo was "hated" after Titanic for over-expossure, that was neither Leo's fault, nor is it Rob's…I feel Robert will make it like Leo, even through all the "hate", because he is also well liked/loved…

  32. 32

    Who doesn't want to play Jeff Buckley?! That list might be shorter. That said James Franco actually looks the most like Jeff and is a good actor but I thought that Jeff Buckley's family was opposed to a film?

  33. 33

    People who have actually met or have gotten to know Rob, have always said he is either; genuine, sweet, charming, very smart, witty and funny as hell, extremely humble, easy-going, real, down to earth, can be grungy or the best dressed man, is beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. If you were to look up you tube and listen to him sing/play, be interviewed, you might see this for yourselves…

  34. 34

    To each his own, but atleast go on more than the damn Twilight Saga's…Funny that someone said here he had dead eyes, for those that cast him for Remember Me (which Rob ended up helping to produce, because he had such a passion for the movie) cast him , because his eyes were so expressive…And that passion is what he has for his music and Jeff. Jeff is one of his ispirations musically, that would be the only reason he would want this part, if it is even true…James Franco is the only other actor I follow, and that is because he is a sweetheart like Rob…There are many great actors, and given time and opportunity, can become great, but you can't learn to have a beautiful soul, like James and Rob…You either have it or you do not…I can name plenty of great actors, but I will only follow them if they are great people also…James is the spitting image of Jeff, and Robert would nail the part down musically…The only difference is, who has the passion enough to wait for this to ever happen or the time…If it were to take a few years, James would be almost 37 and Robert 28, the perfect age to play Jeff.

  35. 35

    Wow! I never noticed the Franco/Buckley comparison until it was brought up. I always thought Franco would make a great James Dean, but I think he would make an awesome Jeff Buckley as well.

  36. 36

    Jeff Buckley probably would have hated that a movie was being made about him at all let alone someone like Robert Pattinson playing him. Jeff's music speaks enough of his tremendous talent and soul. Thank God this isn't true.

  37. 37

    I've been saying for years that James Franco is the only person who can play Jeff. Just on resemblance alone. Mary, honestly you've always done the right thing when it comes to Jeffs legacy and we love you for it. Please, we the fans want Franco as Jeff. I know RPatz is a hot commodity at the moment but this is about Jeffs legacy not the box office draw. Jeffs undying artistry and amazing grace with which he lived life will take care of that once the buzz is out.

  38. 38

    James Franco FOR THE WIN!

  39. 39

    hell no james franco should play his role. I love robert pattison I think he so hot but robert sounds like shit when he sings. james is a better actor and singer.Re: roblyn – robert pattison has a shitty voice he is a good instrument player but he is not a singer. james franco is a better actor than robert plus he even look exactly like jeff. james franco was born to play jeff if james can't sing then he can lipsynce jeff's songs. but no dought james franco is the perfect choice.

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  41. 41

    Re: roblyn – Oh shut the fuck up Roblyn and stop spamming with your comments. Robert can't sing for shit. Sure he can play the piano but a lot of people do! James Franco was born to play JEFF !

  42. 42

    people saying robert pattinson is a good actor is a JOKE. i've seen those vampire movies, along with remember me and his "acting" made me laugh. awful casting if it turns out to be true…

  43. 43

    Eff looks. The kid can't act. One-note Kristen Stewart spun circles around him in that miserable, money-farting vampire franchise that made him famous enough to even have the cajones to be approaching producers over skippity-doo-da. If they have integrity (and brains), they'll keep him away from the Buckley biopic. It's got enough to steam to net better talent, and the subject matter doesn't need teen-dream star power to generate fan interest.

  44. 44

    James fucking Franco!!!!

  45. 45

    lmao, this story is so old. this movie is not getting made. everytime the producers want to bring attention to the movie they bring up rob's name. i liked jeff buckley, but come on some of you are acting like the man was a music god. he was good, but he is not a legend.

  46. 46

    Re: HaileyxRe: Haileyx

    You know…I did go on…Sorry…I will shut the "fuck up" as you so nicely put it…Except to add…When I lost my husband and father within 5 years in front of me, both from heart attacks, Robert became a wonderful distraction in what had become a difficult time…I usually message nothing back, and then, the passive agressive side of me kicks in…And I respond to all the "hate" of a person that reminds me of both my late husband and fater, because they were beautiful on the inside, as well as the outside. I've met Rob when he was filming here in Vancouver, and can vouch for this…So sorry to have bothered…I do love Rob's voice, but then my favorite singer is Layne Staley from AIC…So what do I know…

  47. 47

    Re: Haileyx

    The message above should say "roblyn"…Don't know what happened to my name or pick???

  48. 48

    Re: The Queen of pop
    …And Brittney does???

  49. 49

    All of what I said (roblyn) just noticing, was not able to have come together as one comment, buy instead broke up into 4…Sorry again…

  50. 50

    James Franco was made for this part. Robert Pattinson can't even fucking sing that well and his acting isn't that great. James Marsden? Hmmm. I don't know about that one. But if Rob gets this fucking part, there is no hope for the future.

  51. 51

    Has Mary Guibert seen any of Patterson's movies? He's average at best just because he looks a bit like Jeff Buckley doesn't mean he should play him. He wouldn't be the best choice in my opinion

  52. 52

    James Franco is perfect.

  53. 53

    Robert Patterson may be every 12 year olds wet dream but NO NO NO NO NO under no cicumstances can that talentless hack play Buckley, your talking about a legend being played by ummmmmm say britney spears - James Franco all the way

  54. 54

    Perez, please put your glasses on!

  55. 55

    Who the hell is IRA GERRA??
    Is her book really about RPatz?

  56. 56

    Who's "IRA GERRA" and why is her name connected with RPatz?
    Is her book really about him? Why no information?

  57. 57

    Can some of you read???? This story is NOT TRUE and they are just using Rob's name to draw attention to the movie. Rob is busy with other movies, like working with Cronenberg not this.

  58. 58

    kevinb2: you hate Rob because you lust over Kristen and are jealous that Rob gets to bang Kristen every night and you don't. Well too bad! You will never have Kristen and Rob gets to bang her whenever he wants….boo hoo for you!

  59. 59

    People child ok. I swear Perez has some lunatic fans, but THAN AGAIN, he's a lunatic too(birds of a feather flock together). Anyway even if all them sounded like shit it wouldn't matter because they will most likely(and I'm 90% sure) that they'll lip sync to Jeff's song. It only matters who will look the part. James Marsden, nah, I don't see him playing Jeff. BUT, I definitely see Mr. Franco or Robert playing the part. One of them would be perfect.

  60. 60

    Re: Glamazon555

  61. 61

    Re: Alice207
    I'm not 12;)

  62. 62

    James Franco was OK when they tried to do that Movie..He is to old now..they just bring up Pattinson and there …….they get all the attention…..and the people who put down Rob..don't get it…judging someone on that stupid dialog the screenwriter gave him combined with some directors who made Twilight a disaster love triangle story he did pretty good…. Cronenberg handpicked him …Remember me was the most underrated Movie of 2010 and WfE looks amazing.

  63. 63

    Re: Alice207 – to talk about 12 year old girls having wet dreams says a lot about you..pervert….they will never use the old James now

  64. 64

    Re: belle0830 – James Franco outgrew this ..he looks to old for portraying Jeff..but all you people do not WORRY..the movie will not be made for another 5-10 years ,if ever……

  65. 65

    Who in the WORLD is Jeff Buckley?!?!? I've heard of Robert F. Buckley….but Jeff?!?!? No!

  66. 66

    who the f is jeff buckley?

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