Alan Rickman to star as CBGB owner Hilly Kristal in new film

The Brit actor will play the founder of the iconic New York punk club

Alan Rickman is set to star as the founder of legendary New York punk club CBGB, Hilly Kristal, in a new film.

The film, which will be called CBGB, is set to begin shooting in the summer. It will be directed by Randall Miller and written by Jody Savin, reports BBC News. The pair are also currently putting together a biopic about Dennis Wilson, the late solo musician and drummer with The Beach Boys.

Last week it was reported that CBGB could be set to reopen in a new location in New York. The assets of the nightspot, which closed in 2006, have been bought by a group of investors who are planning to set up a new annual festival and have also been eyeing up potential new sites, wrote The New York Times.

The four-day festival is due to kick off on July 5 and take place at around 30 venues across the city, showcasing 300 bands. The rights to the club’s assets had been mired in legal disputes since the death of founder Kristal in 2007.