Bottle Shock director Randall Miller prepared for next week’s start of production on his upcoming music drama CBGB, based on the iconic punk music club CBGB & OMFUG (Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers) in the Bowery and its colorful founder Hilly Kristal.
Miller added veteran actor Freddy Rodriguez to the ensemble cast in the role of Idaho, an addict who hung out at CBGB during the ‘70s. Sons of Anarchy cast member Ryan Hurst also joined the movie as a biker named Mad Mountain who helps Kristal in his battles with local crooks.
Recently, Ashley Greene, best known as Alice Cullen in The Twilight Saga, joined CBGB as Lisa Kristal, the daughter of club owner Hilly Kristal, to be played by Alan Rickman. Justin Bartha, best known for his role in The Hangover movies, joined CBGB as Stiv Bators, the lead singer of the Dead Boys. Malin Akerman signed on to play Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry. Harry Potter regular Rupert Grint joined as Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome. Stana Katic, co-star of the ABC series Castle joined as music producer Genya Raven.
Miller also signed Estelle Harris (Hilly's mother); Julian Acosta (Johnny Ramone), Richard De Klerk and Josh Zuckerman. Johnny Galecki from The Big Bang Theory joined as band manager Terry Ork and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins joined as Iggy Pop. Joel David Moore, last seen opposite Amanda Seyfried in the crime thriller Gone, joined CBGB as Joey Ramone, the lead vocalist of the iconic punk band The Ramones.
Rodriguez recently wrapped the Navy SEALS drama Code Name: Geronimo. Rodriguez worked with Miller before on his Napa Valley wine drama Bottle Shock.
Miller co-wrote the script with Jody Savin, who originally was set to direct the movie. Miller also joined Savin as co-producer via their Unclaimed Freight Productions banner along with Brad Rosenberger.
CBGB begins production in Savannah, Georgia, June 25.