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Jeff Buckley appears in the music video for his song Hallelujah, a Leobard Cohen cover. - Provided courtesy of SONY BMG / youtube.com/watch?vy8AWFf7EAc4

Jeff Buckley biopic to be directed by Jake Scott, who helmed Kristen Stewart film, report says

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04/11/2011 by Corinne Heller

A biopic about musician Jeff Buckley is in the works and is set to be helmed by Jake Scott, who directed Kristen Stewart in the film "Welcome To The Rileys," a report says.

Buckley, who spurred a popular cover of Leonard Cohen's 1984 ballad "Hallelujah," drowned at age 30 in the Mississippi River in 1997. He was born in Orange County, California, lived in New York and performed across the United States.

Scott, who has also directed music videos such as "Everybody Hurts" for R.E.M. and "Staring At The Sun" for U2, has not commented on the report by Deadline.com.

Preliminary casting reports show the film is set for release in 2013. Among the producers of the upcoming movie about Buckley's life are Michelle Sy, who worked on the 2004 movie "Finding Neverland," Orian Williams and Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert.

The 2010 R-rated drama "Welcome To The Rileys" starred Stewart, known for her role in the "Twilight" vampire movies, as a teenage stripper and prostitute, as well as James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos" and Melissa Leo, who won an Oscar earlier this year for her part in "The Fighter."

Check out Jeff Buckley's cover of "Hallelujah" below.

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