Malin Akerman to play Debbie Harry in CBGB

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A big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway jukebox musical that celebrates the '80s heyday of rock n' roll. Directed by Adam Shankman, the movie follows waitress Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and busboy Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) who fall in love during the glam metal era of the 1980s. Rounding out the ensemble cast list are actors Tom Cruise (who plays rock star Stacee Jaxx), Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin & Malin Akerman.

May 28th, 2012

Malin Akerman will play Blondie singer Debbie Harry in 'CBGB'.

The actress joins a cast including Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint in the movie which tells the story of New York City nightspot CBGB - Country, BlueGrass, and Blues - and its impact on the underground music scene.

Blondie were regulars at the club - which had a rule saying bands could not play cover versions - before and after they earned commercial success following their debut album in 1976.

The venue shut in 2006 in a dispute over rent, and owner Hilly Kristal [Rickman] died a year later - but a series of CBGB -branded festivals still take place in New York.

Randall Miller will direct the project, and he co-wrote the script with Jody Savin, who believes Alan possesses some similarities to Hilly.

He said in a statement: ''We wrote this role for Alan Rickman who, like Hilly Kristal, is a true champion of the arts.''

Malin will next appear on the big screen in 'Rock of Ages' in which she plays a reporter covering Tom Cruise's character Stacee Jaxx.

The musical also stars Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough.