Rupert Grint has signed up to star in CBGB, a new film about the legendary New York venue.
Grint will play Cheetah Chrome, the guitarist for Dead Boys, a punk band who played a prominent role during the club’s rise. Rock Of Ages actress Malin Akerman is lined up to play Blondie’s Debbie Harry in the film.
The movie, which will see Grint’s fellow Harry Potter actor Alan Rickman appear as venue owner Hilly Kristal, will be directed by Randal Miller – who has co-written the script with Jody Savin – and will begin shooting next month.
The co-writing pair are also currently putting together a biopic about Dennis Wilson, the late solo musician and drummer with The Beach Boys.
It was recently 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.