The increasingly massive cast of CBGB has got one of its final pieces, with Twilight actress Ashley Greene taking on one of the leads, playing Lisa Kristal, according to Variety, in the movie about the famed New York club that helped give birth to punk in the US.
The film is a biopic of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman), who wanted to start a club for country, bluegrass and blues (the CBGB of the club’s name) but found it difficult to get acts, and so ended up allowing the likes of The Ramones and Blondie to play, helping give punk a foothold in America. Lisa Kristal, Hilly’s daughter, was often in conflict with her father, and ended up taking over from his as the club’s business manager. A law-school graduate, Lisa was able to help keep the club afloat until it closed its doors for the final time in 2008.
Along with Rickman and Greene, Joel David Moore, Julian Acosta and Steven Schub will play three of the Ramones; Malin Akerman is Debbie Harry; Mickey Sumner is Patti Smith; Rupert Grint will be Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome; and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop. It’s quite a cast, with a few more roles of musicians who played the club still to be cast. Shooting begins later this month, with Randall Miller directing.