She’s known to most tweens as Alice Cullen in the Twilight Saga, Ashley Greene doesn’t have trouble getting work outside the sparkling vampire fantasy. Variety has just informed us that the young actress will take command of the lead role in Randall Miller‘s historical picture CBGB, which already has Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman in the cast.
If you hadn’t guessed by the title of the movie — or if that generations’ a bit before your own time — it tells the story of the iconic New York music venue and its “impact on the punk rock scene.” Even if you never got to experience CBGB before it closed back in 2008, chances are you’ve probably seen a movie or heard a song that references it — you at least have some basic grasp. Anyways, Greene will be playing Lisa Kristal, the daughter of CBGB owner Hilly Kristal (Rickman).
Lisa is described as a “fiery young woman” who has some struggles with her father, but ultimately works as the business manager of his club. She later attends law school in order to help her dad keep CBGB open until its close in 2008. The real Kristal controls the estate and is onboard to co-produce the project, so Greene must have done some pretty impressive work.
Akerman will be playing Blondie singer Debbie Harry, with Grint playing Cheetah Chrome, the guitarist for The Dead Boys. Johnny Galecki, Stana Katic, Joel David Moore, Peter Vack, Kerry Bische, Taylor Hawkins, Mickey Summer, Steven Schub and Evan Alex Cole have also been cast in various roles.
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