Nearly 20 years after starring in Tony Scott’s “True Romance,” Patricia Arquette is set to work with the helmer’s nephew, as she has agreed to play Jeff Buckley’s mother, Mary Guibert, in Jake Scott’s untitled biopic of the late musician.
Reeve Carney (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) is set to play the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, who tragically drowned at age 30 in 1997. His father, musician Tim Buckley, died at age 28 of a drug overdose.
In what amounts to a cameo, Arquette will be seen in both flashback and present day as Guibert, who convinces her son to attend his father’s 1991 tribute concert “Greetings From Tim Buckley,” which is widely recognized as Jeff Buckley’s first real public appearance in New York.
A rival project starring Penn Badgley (“Margin Call”) takes its name from that concert, and focuses on the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s famed performance in honor of his father’s memory.
Scott (“Welcome to the Rileys”) will direct from a script by Ryan Jaffe, and the Guibert-blessed project boasts rights to the singer’s music and personal archives, as well as the use of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Orian Williams and Michelle Sy are producing, while Guibert will exec produce. Production is expected to start in this spring in Gotham and Memphis.
Arquette has been ramping up her feature career after spending several years committed to her NBC series “Medium.” She recently wrapped Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” with Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray, and is still working on Richard Linklater’s ambitious 12-year project with Ethan Hawke.
Arquette is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment.