Robert Pattinson Wants To Play Jeff Buckley

Robert Pattinson is apparently neck and neck with James Franco to get to the part of Jeff Buckley in the planned biopic of the late singer-songwriter.

“Rob is obsessed with this project and is doing everything he can to land the part,” a source told the Daily Express. “He has already told his business team this is his passion and they agree it could be the film that makes him a legitimate Oscar contender.”

Even Buckley’s mother is on Team Rob…

“Robert is a fine young actor. I’m flattered he’s been linked to this project. When the time comes we’ll give everybody an opportunity to be seen and heard,” Mary Guibert, Buckley’s mother, said of Pattinson.

Producer Michelle Sy admitted that she has met with Pattinson about playing Buckley – who drowned in 1997 at the age of 30 – noting that the actor chosen will be required to play and sing Buckley’s songs.

Buckley experienced a surge in popularity in 2008 when his version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ made it to number two in the UK charts at the time of X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s release of the same track.