Ashley Greene, who plays Alice Cullen in the blockbuster Twilight Saga has signed on to play late New York club boss Hilly Kristal’s daughter Lisa in the star-studded CBGB biopic.
The actress joins Alan Rickman, who will play her father; Malin Akerman set to co-star as Blondie singer Debbie Harry, while the rest of the ensemble includes Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki, Stana Katic, Joel David Moore, Peter Vack, Kerry Bische, Steven Schub and Evan Alex Cole. Yes, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will make his movie debut as Iggy Pop, and Mickey Sumner has been cast as New York punk icon Patti Smith.
Randall Miller will direct the project based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Bottle Shock scribe Jody Savin. The movie will begin filming at Meddin Studios on June 25th, where interior club sets are currently being built, and at various locations around downtown Savannah, Georgia, before shooting moves to New York City.
The current co-executor of the clubs estate, Hilly’s daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman recently sold CBGBs rights to new investors who plan to hold the CBGB festival annually from 2012 onwards.
In the script, Kristal is described as a fiery young woman who often clashed with her father, but ultimately ends up going to law school in order to help him keep the club. She is also an executive producer on the film. In recent interview with the New York Times, Burgman said:
It’s a relief to know that it’s not going to die, It’s going to be reborn.
As for Green, she also has the female lead in horror film The Apparition opposite Sebestian Stan out this September, and will soon be seen in quirky indie comedy Butter alongside Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman.