Imogen Poots has signed on to star in the Todd Field-directed Beautiful Ruins based on Jess Walter’s bestselling novel. Poots plays young actress Dee Moray who travels to Italy in 1962 during the filming of Cleopatra. Field is writing the screenplay with Walter and will produce with Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson and Smuggler Films’ Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody. Casting is underway for the male leads with shooting set to begin in Italy in May. Poots has a big year coming up with three films set to bow in 2014 — DreamWorks’ Need For Speed, FilmDistrict’s That Awkward Moment and Wildgaze Films’ A Long Way Down. She recently wrapped Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrels To The Nuts opposite Owen Wilson. She’s also appeared in Jon Baird’s Filth, opposite James McAvoy, Yaron Zilberman’s A Late Quartet alongside Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Michael Winterbottom’s The King Of Soho. Poots is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group, and attorney Paul Cazers of Morris Yorn. CAA, which packaged the film, will rep its domestic distribution rights.
EXCLUSIVE: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark star Reeve Carney has signed on to play Jeff Buckley in the untitled film about the late musician that Welcome to the Rileys helmer Jake Scott is putting together for a November shoot. Carney, who performed the Bono/The Edge-penned Spider-Man single Rise Above 1 at the American Idol finale, will do all the singing to bring to life the music of Buckley, who was just getting started as a solo artist when he drowned at age 30.
Considering that Buckley had only released a single album when he died in 1997 after getting caught in the wake of a passing boat in Tennessee’s Wolf River, it seems amazing that there are not one but three feature films about him. The first one to start production will be Greetings From Tim Buckley, the Dan Algrant-directed indie film that starts a four-week shoot Monday in Brooklyn. Conventional wisdom that the first film out of the gate wins doesn’t necessarily apply here; these two projects tell very different stories about Buckley. Scott is making a biopic, while Greetings From Tim Buckley stars Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley as a pre-fame Jeff Buckley who reconnects with his estranged father Tim by singing at a tribute concert for his folk-singer dad. In Algrant’s film, that short adventure forged Jeff Buckley’s own solo aspirations. The other Buckley film is called A Pure Drop and it is being mounted by Mad Bastards director Brendan Fletcher. The title comes from the book A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley.