Freddy Rodriguez joins the cast of the upcoming film about the iconic New York City venue
Six Feet Under star Freddy Rodriguez has joined the cast of CBGB, a film about the iconic New York City gig venue.
Rodriguez, 37, is best known for his role as restorative artist Rico in the acclaimed HBO series about a family of undertakers. He has since appeared in Ugly Betty, as well as films including Grindhouse and Poseidon.
According to Deadline, the actor will play Idaho, an addict who frequented the punk club in the 1970s.
The film is being written and directed by Randall Miller and will star Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, the late owner of CBGB. Malin Akerman will play Blondie singer Debbie Harry, while Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has been cast as Iggy Pop. Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene and Justin Bartha also have roles in the film.
CBGB – an abbreviation for “Country, BlueGrass and Blues” – was founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 and became famous for hosting performances by the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Blondie and Patti Smith. The club, located on the Bowery in Manhattan, closed in 2006 and Kristal died the following year.
Last month it was reported that CBGB could reopen at a new location. A CBGB music festival will take place in New York City in July.
Shooting on the CBGB film is scheduled to begin next week.