Saturday, June 13, 2009

Celebrity Showdowns: Who Will Play Jeff Buckley and Lara Croft?

It would be more fun if celebrities had to fight to the death for roles. Or maybe casting directors could make them compete in elaborate ropes courses? This week, some very talented celebrities are up for the same roles.

James Franco and Robert Pattinson are neck-and-neck for the honor of playing musician Jeff Buckley in a biopic. Meanwhile, producer Dan Lin has announced his plan for another installment of "Tomb Raider." But could Angelina be out in favor of Megan Fox? Here's how we think it will shake out:

James Franco vs. Robert Pattinson

The Role: Jeff Buckley, son of musician Tim Buckley, got popular in the '90s playing cover songs in the East Village before focusing on his own material. In 1997, Jeff accidentally drowned in Memphis at the age of 30. Since he only had one studio album, several songs were released posthumously, including his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which earned him chart success over a decade after his death.

The Candidates: James Franco is the spitting image of Buckley. Plus he's a master of the the good-die-young shtick since he's already played James Dean. Meanwhile, Robert Pattinson has experience playing an emo musician in "How To Be." And he was a pretty convincing Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes."

The Winner: My vote's on James Franco. Pattinson may be the hot young thang, but Franco can handle the tough roles and has Hollywood staying power. Plus, there's that eerily similar facial structure.

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