Malin Akerman To Bring Blondie To The Screen
The actress has signed on to this punk biopic, which is also set to star Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint...
Malin Akerman has signed on to play Blondie singer Debbie Harry in Randall Miller's upcoming CBGB biopic, which previously confirmed Alan Rickman to play the legendary New York music club's owner, Hilly Kristal.
Miller (Bottle Shock, Nobel Son) is directing from a script he co-wrote with wife Jody Savin. Founded in 1973, CBGB was a club that garnered a reputation as a forum for American punk and new wave bands, and Harry regularly frequented there, especially prior to the commercial success of the band's debut album in 1976.
With Rickman the first to be signed to the project, it's also been revealed that the British actor's Harry Potter co-star, Rupert Grint, is set to play Dead Boys guitarist and punk legend, Cheetah Chrome.
It hasn't yet been revealed whether Akerman will attempt to sing her character's songs (or whether the rights for these songs will even be granted), but depending on what you think of punk music - whether it's just a bunch of noise and yelling anyway - covering these songs may not be too difficult...
Akerman has been fine-tuning her rock ‘n' roll instincts with her role in the upcoming Rock of Ages, in which she plays a reporter writing about Tom Cruise's rockstar. Despite a handful of credits to her name (Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, The Heartbreak Kid, 27 Dresses, Wanderlust), the actress is still probably best known for her turn in Zack Snyder's Watchmen.
Production is meant to commence next month in New York.
Photo credit: Akerman, courtesy of Getty Images/Larry Busacca.