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Malin Akerman Will Play Debbie Harry in ‘CBGB’

Malin Akerman to play Debbie Harry
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Malin Akerman has yet to have her truly big moment. Sure, she’s been in her fair share of major movies (‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Proposal’ for starters), but she’s yet to snag a role that would send her flying to the A-list. However, there’s one big way to get yourself fast attention in the acting world if you pull it off, and that’s to play a real person. Double points if that real person could sing. Well, Akerman is going for those extra points by playing Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie, in the upcoming film ‘CBGB.’

‘CBGB’ will not be a straightforward biopic by any means, but rather the story of the titular New York music club, which opened in 1973 and closed its doors in 2006. Despite a name that stands for “Country, Bluegrass and Blues,” the club became synonymous with more alternative styles, particularly punk and New Wave, which is where the whole “Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry” thing comes in. The club’s founder, Hilly Kristal, will be played by the great Alan Rickman and Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome will be played by Rupert “Ron Weasley” Grint, which makes this film a bit of a ‘Harry Potter’ reunion.

This will be writer/director Randall Miller’s first film since 2008′s ‘Bottle Shock,’ which told the story of how American wine triumphed over French wine at a distinguished European tasting competition in 1976 (USA! USA! USA!). 1980s music and a major club that supported it may seem like a left turn for Miller, but it’s another Based On ATrue Story movie about a subject many people don’t know exists. The big question now is what obscure 1990′s subject he’ll pick for his next film. There’s a pattern here, you see.

Here’s the music video for one of Blondie’s biggest hits, “The Tide is High.” Can you see Akerman in the part? And after that is a video of Debbie Harry singing “The Rainbow Connection” with Kermit the Frog, just because it’s awesome.

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