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Actress Malin Akerman has joined the cast of Randall Miller and Jody Savin’s film about the iconic New York punk club CBGB. The cast of the film includes Stana Katic, Joel David Moore and Alan Rickman.
E! News confirmed on Friday that Akerman, who stars in the upcoming Rock of Ages, another film with music at its center, has been cast as Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie. The group, known for hits like “Heart of Glass” and “One Way Or Another,” often performed at the famous club in their early days.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stana Katic, a star on ABC’s Castle, will play producer Genya Ravan, who was also the lead singer of Goldie & The Gingerbreads. That group is considered the first all-female rock group to secure a recording contract.
Avatar’s Joel David Moore has been cast as Joey Ramone, the lead singer of the Ramones. Julian Acosta will play the Ramones’ guitarist Johnny Ramone.
Last week, Harry Potter’s Alan Rickman was cast to star in the film as Hilly Kristal, the founder of CBGB. Another Harry Potter actor, Rupert Grint, has also joined the cast as The Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome.
Others cast in the film include Estelle Harris, Richard De Klerk, Josh Zuckerman and Ryan Hurst.
The CBGB project was first announced earlier this month when a group of investors bought the rights to the CBGB name. In addition to the film, a festival in New York named after the club will run this July.
Production on the film is set to start on June 25 in Savannah, GA. Shooting will finish up in New York. Miller penned the script and is directing.