‘CBGB The Movie’ Has Its Cast
While I am wholly against the new Rock of Ages film and am personally boycotting it, there is a new film about the legengary CBGB's in the works that I will be in the seats for.
In the early days when the punk rock scene was just getting going in the United States, CBGB in New York City was THEE place the bands played and launched the careers of The Ramones and Blondie, among others. It has since closed its doors, but the memories remain and now they're headed for the big screen. Again. It was already the subject of the films End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones in 2004 and Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB in 2009.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters has been cast as Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop. Mickey Sumner is also on board for the project and while Mickey Sumner may not ring a bell, you're more than likely familiar with her father, Gordon Sumner, aka Sting. Mickey will be playing Patti Smith who burst on the scene in 1975. If you're a fan of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard from BBT has signed on to play the role of Terry Ork who managed CBGB's. Dee Dee Ramone will be played by Steven Schlub, Evan Alex Cole will play influential musician Richard Hell who was part of several early punk rock bands. CBGB's owner Hilly Kristal will be played by Alan Rickman of Harry Potter Fame. CBGB closed its doors for good in 2007, but not before earning the distinction of the most famous rock and roll club in all of rock and roll history. A high end men's clothing boutique now occupies the space.
Production on the film is set to begin later this month. No word on a release date.
In case you were wondering, CBGB stands for Country, Blue Grass and Blues.