Reeve Carney, star of Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," will play singer Jeff Buckley in an upcoming film, according to

The move finds Carney going from a famously accident-prone production, in which actors and stunt-doubles have been injured, to a film about a musician who accidentally died at a young age. (Carney will probably take a short leave from "Spider-Man," a source close to the production said.)

Carney is now one of possibly three Buckleys coming to theaters. "Gossip Girl's" Penn Badgley will play the singer in "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which retraces the days leading up to his performance at a 1991 tribute concert to his late father, a 1960s-era troubadour.

Also in the works is an Australian film, "A Pure Drop," according to New York magazine's gossip site Vulture.

The still-untitled Carney film, directed by Jake Scott ("Welcome to the Rileys") has the blessing of Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, who controls her son's estate and is executive-producing, according to

Jeff Buckley began his career in the early 1990s, playing a residency at Manhattan's Cafe Sin-é and releasing one studio album, 1994's "Grace."

A romantic figure with a soaring voice, he seemed on the verge of full-blown stardom when he drowned while swimming in a channel of the Mississippi River in 1997. He was 30 years old. His father died of a drug overdose in 1975 at 28.

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