Published Jun 05, 2012We've been hearing rumblings of a CBGB film for some time now, but the movie about the iconic New York punk club has officially become a reality, as the film, simply called CBGB, has rounded out its principal cast with some big-name additions.
The latest casting news is that Taylor Hawkins, drummer of the Foo Fighters, will be playing Iggy Pop. According to IMDB, Hawkins has never acted in a film before, but it's unclear at this point how much screen time the Pop character will get in the film.
Also on board are Mickey Sumner (The Borgias) as Patti Smith, and Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, Vanilla Sky) as manager Terry Ork.
These stars join a cast that already that includes Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Die Hard) as CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) as Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, and Malin Akerman (Watchmen) as Debbie Harry, plus Stana Katic as Genya Ravan and Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone. Also on board are Steven Schub as Dee Dee Ramone, Evan Alex Cole as Richard Hell, Peter Vack as Legs McNeil, and Kerry Bishé as Mary Harron.
CBGB will be directed by Jody Savin who co-wrote the script with Randall Miller, with whom she previously teamed up on Bottle Shock. The film centres on the life of the late Hilly Kristal and the club's rise to become one of the most iconic rock venues ever.
Kristal's daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman, is signed on as a co-producer, along with Savin and Miller's Unclaimed Freight Productions and Brad Rosenberger. Billboard reports that production begins this month in Savannah, GA, before moving to New York.