A roar was heard across the Internet this week, as news of Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley has been cast in an upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, Greetings From Tim Buckley. We’ll wait to actually see the film in making a judgment on his performance but we did get to thinking of casting accuracies, and decided should Hollywood get the opportunity, these fine actors would do well in future biopics.
1. Parker Posey as Björk
To play Björk, you should be able to blend charming sweetness with a don’t-screw-with-me aggressiveness. Which is exactly what we fell in love with Posey in the first place, as a bitchy senior in 1993’s Dazed and Confused, the same year the swan queen herself released Debut.
2. Zach Galifianakis as Will Oldham
Before his soaring Hangover popularity, Galifianakis teamed with Oldham’s for an alternate version of Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” video. Galifianakis also possesses another essential quality: That of the ability to grow wild facial hair at a moment’s notice, a key ingredient to hashing out the elusive singer-songwriter on screen.
3. Jude Law as Damon Albarn
The debonair British actor began his career at 15, in the National Youth Music Theatre, and has already sung in The Talented Mr. Ripley, Love, Honour and Obey and Wilde. If dude can master Hamlet and win a Best Actor Oscar, playing a brooding, mercurial rock star who leads a successful cartoon-pop band feels like a strong bet.
4. Kristen Stewart as PJ Harvey
The consistently controversial Stewart already proved she could pull off biopic rocker-chic with her portrayal of Joan Jett in 2010’s The Runaways. And while Harvey may be slightly more off-kilter than the actress is used to, every photo of Stewart seems to channel the same “I don’t care if you like me” attitude that’s required for understanding the essence of Polly Jean.
In The Fighter, Christian Bale convinced everyone that he could play a drugged-out, deranged ex-boxer with maddening authenticity – the exact quality you’d have to get down to a science if the tortured genius/wunderkind that is Bradford Cox is to be understood on film.